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Cross Legged Collection

"Embracing Serenity: Exploring the Cross-Legged Traditions Across Asia and Beyond" The Big Buddha statue at Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

Background imageCross Legged Collection: France, Nice, Blue Nude IV, 1952

France, Nice, Blue Nude IV, 1952
Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Blue Nude IV, 1952

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Shiva Mandir temple, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka state, India, Asia

Shiva Mandir temple, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka state, India, Asia

Background imageCross Legged Collection: The Big Buddha statue, Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China, Asia

The Big Buddha statue, Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China, Asia

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Sergei Rachmaninov, Russian composer, pianist and conductor, Ivanovka, Russia, 1913

Sergei Rachmaninov, Russian composer, pianist and conductor, Ivanovka, Russia, 1913. Rachmaninov (1873-1943) with his daughter Irina and pet dog

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Punjabi illustration of a lady with a hawk

Punjabi illustration of a lady with a hawk
Illustration of a lady with a hawk for the musical mode Saveri Ragini, from Guler in the Punjab. from the V&As collection

Background imageCross Legged Collection: The Chess Game, 1896 (oil on panel)

The Chess Game, 1896 (oil on panel)
989236 The Chess Game, 1896 (oil on panel) by Deutsch, Ludwig (1855-1935); 55x41.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Chess Game. Ludwig Deutsch (1855-1935). Oil on panel. Signed and dated 1896

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Fudo Myo-o, 13th century. Creator: Unknown

Fudo Myo-o, 13th century. Creator: Unknown
Fudo Myo-o, 13th century. A wooden sculpture of an angry looking diety, holding a sword in his right hand and ope in his left, sitting cross-legged on an stylized rock formation

Background imageCross Legged Collection: The Barber of Suez, (oil on canvas)

The Barber of Suez, (oil on canvas)
989488 The Barber of Suez, (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922); 80x58.4 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Barber of Suez. Leon Bonnat (1833-1922). Oil on canvas

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Judicious Amelioration, 1871. Artist: Coide

Judicious Amelioration, 1871. Artist: Coide
Judicious Amelioration, 1871. A caricature of Alexander Baillie-Cochrane (1816-1890), British politician. Baillie-Cochrane was a Conservative MP who represented Bridport, Lanarkshire

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Golden Buddha statues, Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Bangkok, Thailand

Golden Buddha statues, Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Sadhu (Holy man), India, Asia

Sadhu (Holy man), India, Asia

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Mrs. Payne Whitney with unidentified gentleman seated on flying field of aviation meet, 1910

Mrs. Payne Whitney with unidentified gentleman seated on flying field of aviation meet, 1910

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Capt. and crew of MACKAY-BENNETT, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Capt. and crew of MACKAY-BENNETT, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Capt. and crew of MACKAY-BENNETT, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Indian Mother and Baby, (oil on canvas laid on masonite)

Indian Mother and Baby, (oil on canvas laid on masonite)
650693 Indian Mother and Baby, (oil on canvas laid on masonite) by Sharp, Joseph Henry (1859-1953); 61x51 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Indian Mother and Baby. Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953)

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Engraving of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

Engraving of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva
2604000 Engraving of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; (add.info.: The Hindu Trinity: left to right; Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Engraving circa 1880)

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Interior of Cree Indian tent

Interior of Cree Indian tent
2604133 Interior of Cree Indian tent; (add.info.: Interior of Cree Indian tent. Man smoking: Papoose in cradle': Cooking pot suspended over fire)

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Firelight, (oil on canvas)

Firelight, (oil on canvas)
650906 Firelight, (oil on canvas) by Sharp, Joseph Henry (1859-1953); 76.2x92.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Firelight. Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953). Oil on canvas

Background imageCross Legged Collection: 'Self-contempt', late 19th century. Creator: Mihaly Munkacsy. 'Self-contempt', late 19th century

"Self-contempt", late 19th century. Creator: Mihaly Munkacsy. "Self-contempt", late 19th century
"Self-contempt", late 19th century

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Interior of a Sikh Temple at Umritzir - reading the Grunt'h, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Interior of a Sikh Temple at Umritzir - reading the Grunt'h, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Interior of a Sikh Temple at Umritzir [in India] - reading the Grunt'h - from a drawing by W. Carpenter, Jun. 1858. The Gooroos are the spiritual guides of the Sikhs

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Vajradhara with Mahasiddhas, c1400. Creator: Unknown

Vajradhara with Mahasiddhas, c1400. Creator: Unknown
Vajradhara with Mahasiddhas, c1400. Vajradhara, the primordial Buddha, is considered to be the original teacher of the tantric Buddhist (Vajrayana) teachings

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Warrior Minamoto Raiko and the Earth Spider (image 2 of 2), mid 1840s. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Warrior Minamoto Raiko and the Earth Spider (image 2 of 2), mid 1840s. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Warrior Minamoto Raiko and the Earth Spider (image 2 of 2), mid 1840s

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Raga Gandhara, 1650-75. Creator: Unknown

Raga Gandhara, 1650-75. Creator: Unknown
Raga Gandhara, 1650-75. A gaunt ascetic with protruding ribs sits on a tiger skin as a disciple carrying a pouch approaches

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Shri Lakshmi Lustrated by Elephants (Gaja-Lakshmi), 18th century. Creator: Unknown

Shri Lakshmi Lustrated by Elephants (Gaja-Lakshmi), 18th century. Creator: Unknown
Shri Lakshmi Lustrated by Elephants (Gaja-Lakshmi), 18th century. (To lustrate: to purify by means of religious rituals or ceremonies)

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Arab Mendicant in Meditation, c1860. Creator: Charles Camino

Arab Mendicant in Meditation, c1860. Creator: Charles Camino
Arab Mendicant in Meditation, c1860. In this work, the artist depicts the figure in such a way that most of his face is obscured, creating a sense of mystery

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Abbots of the Ngor Monastery, late 16th century. Creator: Unknown

Abbots of the Ngor Monastery, late 16th century. Creator: Unknown
Abbots of the Ngor Monastery, late 16th century. The first two abbots of the Ngor Monastery in central Tibet, the older Sempa Chenpo and the younger Jamyang Sherab Gyatsho

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Arhat Rahula, 1400-1450. Creator: Unknown

Arhat Rahula, 1400-1450. Creator: Unknown
Arhat Rahula, 1400-1450. The Buddha Shakyamuni had a son named Rahula, who became a disciple of his father. Tibetan monks regard him as a spiritual ancestor

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Kuyalwa, Second Abbot of Taklung Monastery, with Three Lineages, mid-13th century. Creator: Unknown

Kuyalwa, Second Abbot of Taklung Monastery, with Three Lineages, mid-13th century. Creator: Unknown
Kuyalwa, Second Abbot of Taklung Monastery, with Three Lineages, mid-13th century. This painting commemorates Kuyalwa (1191-1236), the second abbot of Taklung Monastery in central Tibet

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Yoga-Narasimha, Man-Lion Avatar of Vishnu in Yogic Posture, 15th century. Creator: Unknown

Yoga-Narasimha, Man-Lion Avatar of Vishnu in Yogic Posture, 15th century. Creator: Unknown
Yoga-Narasimha, Man-Lion Avatar of Vishnu in Yogic Posture, 15th century

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Radha and Krishna, Illustration to Poems by Shribhatta, c1800. Creator: Unknown

Radha and Krishna, Illustration to Poems by Shribhatta, c1800. Creator: Unknown
Radha and Krishna, Illustration to Poems by Shribhatta, c1800

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Various Heavens, Folio from a Samgrahanisutra (Book of Compilation), between 1575 and 1600

Various Heavens, Folio from a Samgrahanisutra (Book of Compilation), between 1575 and 1600. Creator: Unknown
Various Heavens, Folio from a Samgrahanisutra (Book of Compilation), between 1575 and 1600

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Joghi Wallahs at Benares, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. Creator: Unknown

Joghi Wallahs at Benares, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. Creator: Unknown
Joghi Wallahs at Benares, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. Indian ascetics:an exhibition of "joghi wallahs." These are a class of Hindoo religious mendicants

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Buddha Worship, 19th Century. Creator: Unknown

Buddha Worship, 19th Century. Creator: Unknown
Buddha Worship, 19th Century. This dynamic painting illustrates one of the Jataka tales--stories of the former lives of the Buddha

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Buddha Mucalinda, 19th Century. Creator: Unknown

Buddha Mucalinda, 19th Century. Creator: Unknown
Buddha Mucalinda, 19th Century

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Parvati Nursing Ganesha, 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Parvati Nursing Ganesha, 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Parvati Nursing Ganesha, 19th century. India's multiple religious traditions produced lively exchanges in the representation of the divine

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Portrait of a Boy. Study for Morning Prayers. Creator: Carl Larsson

Portrait of a Boy. Study for Morning Prayers. Creator: Carl Larsson
Portrait of a Boy. Study for Morning Prayers, Unknown date

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Turcomans Dining; Notes on Western Turkistan, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Turcomans Dining; Notes on Western Turkistan, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Turcomans Dining; Notes on Western Turkistan, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Interior of a Turcoman Tent; Notes on Western Turkistan, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Interior of a Turcoman Tent; Notes on Western Turkistan, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Interior of a Turcoman Tent; Notes on Western Turkistan, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Nabab de la Côte du Coromandel, c1797

Costumes de Différents Pays, Nabab de la Côte du Coromandel, c1797. Creators: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Differents Pays, Nabab de la Cote du Coromandel, c1797

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Portrait of Helion de Lucay, 1853. Creator: Chantal de Lucay

Portrait of Helion de Lucay, 1853. Creator: Chantal de Lucay
Portrait of Helion de Lucay, 1853. De Lucay sitting on a chair with book in hand

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Buddhist Deity Fudo, 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Buddhist Deity Fudo, 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Buddhist Deity Fudo, 19th century

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Folios from a Kalpasutra (Book of Sacred Precepts) (image 2 of 2), c1425. Creator: Unknown

Folios from a Kalpasutra (Book of Sacred Precepts) (image 2 of 2), c1425. Creator: Unknown
Folios from a Kalpasutra (Book of Sacred Precepts) (image 2 of 2), c1425

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Shrine with Four Jinas (Rishabhanatha [Adinatha]), Parshvanatha, Neminatha, and Mahavira), c.600

Shrine with Four Jinas (Rishabhanatha [Adinatha]), Parshvanatha, Neminatha, and Mahavira), c.600. Creator: Unknown
Shrine with Four Jinas (Rishabhanatha [Adinatha]), Parshvanatha, Neminatha, and Mahavira), c.600

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Okame Laughing at the Shadow of a Mushroom, 1882. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Okame Laughing at the Shadow of a Mushroom, 1882. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Okame Laughing at the Shadow of a Mushroom, 1882. From Sketches by Yoshitoshi

Background imageCross Legged Collection: The Bodhisattva Maitreya, c.1000. Creator: Unknown

The Bodhisattva Maitreya, c.1000. Creator: Unknown
The Bodhisattva Maitreya, c.1000

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Cosmic Form of the Hindu God Shiva (Sadashiva), between c.1050 and c.1150. Creator: Unknown

Cosmic Form of the Hindu God Shiva (Sadashiva), between c.1050 and c.1150. Creator: Unknown
Cosmic Form of the Hindu God Shiva (Sadashiva), between c.1050 and c.1150

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Jina Mahavira (?), between 850 and 900. Creator: Unknown

Jina Mahavira (?), between 850 and 900. Creator: Unknown
Jina Mahavira (?), between 850 and 900

Background imageCross Legged Collection: Buddha Shakyamuni or the Jina Buddha Akshobhya, 9th-10th century. Creator: Unknown

Buddha Shakyamuni or the Jina Buddha Akshobhya, 9th-10th century. Creator: Unknown
Buddha Shakyamuni or the Jina Buddha Akshobhya, 9th-10th century



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"Embracing Serenity: Exploring the Cross-Legged Traditions Across Asia and Beyond" The Big Buddha statue at Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China, invites visitors to find inner peace through its majestic cross-legged pose. In Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka state, India, the Shiva Mandir temple showcases a mesmerizing cross-legged deity that exudes tranquility and spiritual energy. Even in the world of finance, a cup of tea brings together the Bull and Bear in a cross-legged conversation - finding balance amidst market fluctuations. France's artistic heritage shines with "Blue Nude IV, " where Picasso's masterpiece captures a woman seated cross-legged in an enchanting display of vulnerability and strength. A Punjabi illustration depicts a lady with a hawk perched on her arm while sitting gracefully cross-legged – symbolizing harmony between nature and human existence. Through "The Chess Game, " artist Max Ernst portrays two figures locked in deep concentration as they sit cross-legged – showcasing strategy and contemplation intertwined. Delve into history with "The Barber of Suez, " an oil painting depicting men gathered around their barber while sitting comfortably crossed-legs - capturing everyday life moments from another era. Coide's artwork titled "Judicious Amelioration" transports us back to 1871 when individuals sought solace by sitting cross-legged amid societal challenges – reminding us that resilience knows no bounds. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) in Bangkok boasts golden Buddha statues seated serenely in various meditative poses including the revered crossed-leg position – inspiring seekers on their spiritual journey. Witnessing Sadhus (Holy men) meditating cross-legged along riverbanks or temples across India reminds us of ancient traditions passed down through generations - connecting humanity to divine wisdom.