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Devotional image of Krishna, 18th century (detail)

Sculpture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork, brought back from India and southeast Asia to Salem by prominent merchants and global entrepreneurs, formed the basis of the PEM collection in 1799. This is the nation's foremost collection of important Tibetan and Nepalese works and 19th- and 20th-century Bhutanese textile arts. PEM has one of the leading collections of Indian art from the 18th century to the present - including the most important collection of contemporary Indian art outside of India.


The Herwitz Gallery, named in honor of pioneering collectors Chester and Davida Herwitz, is the first American museum gallery dedicated to the modern and contemporary Indian art.

 

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Jamini Roy
India
Tempura on canvas

The Chester & Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301249
Fury Etched, 1970

Fury Etched, 1970

Maqbool Fida Husain (b. 1915)
India
Oil on canvas

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301296
Devotional image of Krishna, 18th century

Devotional image of Krishna, 18th century

Thanjavur, Tamilnadu
Wood, pigments, silver, glass
24.5 x 27.75 x 3.25 in. (62.2 x 70.5 x 8.25 cm)

Gift of Marilyn Grounds, 2002

Accession Number: E302035
The Worshippers, 1989

The Worshippers, 1989

Arpita Singh
India
Watercolor on paper
Accession Number: E300829


Gajalakshmi, ca. 1850

Gajalakshmi, ca. 1850

Artist not identified
India
Marble, paint

Gift of Rajinder Dutt

Accession Number: E7624

Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good fortune, accompanied by cows of plenty.

The Fisherman’s Wedding, 1997

The Fisherman’s Wedding, 1997

Shrilekha Sikander (b. 1950)
India
Watercolor on paper
Accession Number: E30098


Town, 1984

Town, 1984

Sudhir Patwardhan (b. 1929)
India, Mumbai
Oil on canvas
H: 73 in, W: 61 in
Accession Number: E301094
Rama Prepares to Rescue Sita, ca. 1770

Rama Prepares to Rescue Sita, ca. 1770

Artist not identified
Watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
Accession Number: E300647


Mask of Pilichandi, 19th century

Mask of Pilichandi, 19th century

Artist not identified
Kanara
Copper alloy

Gift of Marilyn Walter Grounds

Accession Number: E302034
Palanquin, 18th-19th century

Palanquin, 18th-19th century

Artist not identified
India
Wood, lacquer, metal, textile

Gift of Captains Benjamin Lander, Edward West, M. Hugford, and Joseph

Accession Number: E14329
Mask of Panjurli, 19th century

Mask of Panjurli, 19th century

Artist not identified
Kanara
Copper alloy

Gift of Marilyn Walter Grounds

Accession Number: E302037
Throne, late 18th century

Throne, late 18th century

Artist not identified
Rajasthan
Wood, water-based pigments

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E301976
Hanuman Revealing Rama and Sita in His Heart, 19th century

Hanuman Revealing Rama and Sita in His Heart, 19th century

Artist not identified
Calcutta
Watercolor on mill-made paper

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E302104
Ganapati the Warrior, 1977

Ganapati the Warrior, 1977

Jogen Chowdhury (b. 1939)
West Bengal
Pastel, ink, and lacquer on paper

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E300806
You-July '70, 1970

You-July '70, 1970

Biren De (b. 1926)
India
Oil on canvas

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301118
Untitled, 1968

Untitled, 1968

K.G. Ramanujam (1941-74)
India
Oil on canvas

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301122
Durga, 1985

Durga, 1985

Bikash Bhattacharjee (b. 1940)
India
Oil on canvas

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301220
Untitled, 1987

Untitled, 1987

Manjit Bawa (b. 1941)
India
Oil on canvas

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301120
Lete'67, 1967

Lete'67, 1967

Sayed Haider Raza (b. 1922)
India
Oil on canvas

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301247
Khandoba and Mhalsa on an Elephant, 18th century

Khandoba and Mhalsa on an Elephant, 18th century

Artist not identified
Maharashtra, India
Copper alloy
13 3/8 x 10 x 5 1/4 in.

Gift of Jeffrey and Denise Figiel, 2006

Accession Number: E303523.A‐C
Mask of Mallanna, 18th to 19th centuries

Mask of Mallanna, 18th to 19th centuries

Artist not identified
Karnataka, India
Copper alloy
19 3/8 x 14 1/4 in.

Gift of Leo S. Figiel, MD and family, 2006

Accession Number: E303460
Mask

Mask

Artist not identified
Sri Lanka
Wood, paint, dye, pigment, gesso, adhesive, resin, wax
Accession Number: E41025
Kanchali (woman’s blouse), ca. 1960

Kanchali (woman’s blouse), ca. 1960

Kutch, Gujarat
embroidered cotton, mirrors, silk
18.5 x 35.8 in. (47 x 91 cm)

Museum Purchase, 1990

Accession Number: E77825
Bottom side of Snuff Box, ca. 1830

Bottom side of Snuff Box, ca. 1830

Artist not identified
India
Silver and gold

Museum Purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs Richard Vietor

Bottom Of Snuff Box , of Silver and gold
India or China, ca.1830
Museum Purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs Richard Vietor

Early Guest, 1981

Early Guest, 1981

Gieve Patel
India
Oil on canvas
53.75 x 56 in.

Gift, the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection.

Accession Number: E301096
Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath, ca. 1950

Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath, ca. 1950

Artist not identified
Puri, Orissa India
Wood, paint, textile

Gift of Joan Watkins, 1992

Accession Number: E200270, E200271, E200269
Miniature desk and bookcase, 1780-1790

Miniature desk and bookcase, 1780-1790

Artist not identified
Vizagapatam, India,
Sandalwood, Ivory, Black Lacquer

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E82996
Parsi Couple, 1990

Parsi Couple, 1990

K.G. Subramanyan (b. 1924)
India
Watercolor and varnish on paper

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301080
August '81, 1981

August '81, 1981

Biren De (b. 1926)
India
Oil on canvas

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301030
The Goddess Vasurimala, mid 19th century

The Goddess Vasurimala, mid 19th century

Artist not identified
India
Paint on wood
overall H: 73 in, W: 33 in, D: 25 in

Gift of Robert P. Gay

Accession Number: E18001
Untitled, ca. 1985

Untitled, ca. 1985

Gulammohammed Sheik (b. 1937)
India
Acrylic on canvas

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection

Accession Number: E301179
Untitled, ca. 1950

Untitled, ca. 1950

Artist not identified
Bengal, India
Inl, paper
Accession Number: E300834
Parsvanatha, 1433

Parsvanatha, 1433

Saurashtra, Gujarat
India
Copper alloy, bronze

Gift of David Rubin, 2003

Accession Number: E302091
Pair of Marhas, Rush Stools, early 20th century

Pair of Marhas, Rush Stools, early 20th century

Artist not identified
India
Cane, bamboo

Gift of Miss Charlotte G.S. Morse

Accession Number: 123826
Palanquin, 18th century

Palanquin, 18th century

lac-tinted ivory, wood
18 x 59 x 34 in. (45.7 x 149.9 x 86.4 cm)

Museum purchase and gift of Marc Matz and Hathaithip Intarawut, 2004

Accession Number: E302331
Pokharan, 1992

Pokharan, 1992

Sudhir Patwardhan (Born 1949, Pune, Maharashtra)
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 95 1/8 in. (121.9 x 241.6 cm)

Gift, The Chester and Davida Herwitz  Collection

Accession Number: E301044