While we could not be there for the recent opening of the Puja and Piety exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, we proudly co-published the impressive catalogue and have been savoring each piece among its richly illustrated pages.

Puja and Piety celebrates the complexity of South Asian representation and iconography by examining the relationship between aesthetic expression and the devotional practice, or puja, in the three native religions of the Indian subcontinent. Drawn from SBMA’s collection and augmented by loans, the exhibition presents some 160 objects created over the past two millennia for temples, home worship, festivals, and roadside shrines.

The below gallery provides a small visual sampling of the varied Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain works of art.


The exhibition runs April 17–July 31, 2016 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.