The Art Institute's collection of art from India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia includes more than 1,900 objects that span nearly five millennia. Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture and Indian and Persian miniature paintings are among the museum's archaeologically and artistically significant works. As objects of worship or accounts of history, these works present a fascinating picture of the region's religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and its governments and politics.

Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja), Chola period, c. 10th/11th century. India, Tamil Nadu. Kate S. Buckingham Fund.