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Chola: Sacred Bronzes of Southern India - RA

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION exploring the artistic and cultural riches of the Chola dynasty, Chola: Sacred Bronzes of Southern India, runs until February 25, 2007, in the Sackler Wing of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Throughout their rule – between the ninth and thirteenth centuries – the Chola were great patrons of the arts and oversaw an extensive programme of temple construction.

Their portable bronze sculptures, now widely considered to be among the finest works of Indian sculptural art, were revered as physical manifestations of the Hindu gods and were produced to fulfil public functions and preside over specific festivities.

The exhibition features approximately 40 of them.

For more information and tickets call 0870 8488484 or visit the Royal Academy of Arts website.