Here are some photos from my visit there last month. Click on any of them for a larger version on Flickr. Despite the sad condition of the displays – dust-covered and poorly lit – the wonder and detail of the craft and work is still easily visible.
This is a Nataraja from Vellore, circa 19th century:
The hair of other Natarajas I’ve seen until now have resembled the one above: a ring attached to the back of the head out of which locks of hair emerge. This next one, however (my favorite of the lot), has hair that is very much part of Siva’s head. It’s from Melaperamballam in Thanjavur, circa 10th Century AD.
Kaliya Krishna, Nilappadi, Nagappattinam, circa 16th Century AD:
Tirupurantaka, date and location unmarked:
Nataraja, Thiruvelangadu, Tiruvallur District, circa 11th Century:
There are a few more pictures here.