Portrait of The Great Teacher Marpa, early 12th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1995 (1995.176) | Marpa (1012–1096) was one of the seminal figures in early Tibetan Buddhism. He traveled to India several times to study and eventually became the disciple of Naropa, one of the eighty-four mahasiddhas, or great teachers. Marpa had numerous followers and his teachings became the core of the Kagyu (orally transmitted) school.
Leidy, Denise Patry, and Donna Strahan (2010). Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum's collection of Chinese Buddhist and Daoist sculpture is the largest in the western world. In addition to detailed individual discussions of fifty masterpieces, the catalogue presents a ground-breaking survey of the methods used in crafting the sculptures. To read more, download this publication on “MetPublications”. #MetPubs
Linga with one face (Ekamukhalinga), Shahi period, 9th century, Afghanistan Marble This sculpture was made during the short-lived Shahi kingdom (seventh—ninth century) of eastern Afghanistan, which produced a small number of extraordinary sculptures. They were carved in a distinctive white marble and their style derived from sculptural traditions of northern India and Kashmir.
Somaskandamurti is one of the most popular religious images in South India. The four-armed Shiva holds a battle-ax and a deer in his upper hands and a citron in his lower left hand. His lower right hand is raised in abhayamudra (the gesture that allays fear)