India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, ca. 1800
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Mortality and divinity are joined in this figure of a yoga master attaining an equivalence with the cosmos.
With its origins in India about 2,500 years ago, yoga developed philosophical elements both spiritual and secular, with ties to Hindu, Jain, Sufi and Buddhist traditions, in its goal of leading to spiritual transformation.
"Yoga: The Art of Transformation," an exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., is the world's first exhibition devoted to the visual history of yoga.
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan