Eleven-Headed Kannon (Ekadashamukha) : Nanbokuchô period 1336–1392 The eleven-headed form of the bodhisattva Kannon wasone of the first deities of Esoteric Buddhism to be worshiped in Japan. Ten of his heads are in the form of bodhisattvas. The eleventh, the topmost, is that of Amida (Sanskrit: Amitâbha), the Buddha of which Kannon is considered an emanation. The eleven heads symbolize Kannon's ability to see suffering in all corners of the universe and respond with compassion to those in…
Dancing dakini perhpas a perfected female deity holds the Buddhist wheel of wisdom -dharmachakra- in her right hand, flanked by golden fish and surmounted by a conch, symbols of auspiciousness. On paper from a larger sheet (now lost). 18th C. Tibet
Model of the Mahabodhi Temple, 12th century. North India, Bihar. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, 2006 (2006.218) | While the Mahabodhi temple has undergone countless renovations, this small model of the temple gives us a clear sense of its form in the 12th century. Such images were produced for pilgrims and have been found across India, Myanmar, Nepal and Tibet. #Buddhism
JAPANese National Treasure, Seated Statue of Senju Kannon 千手觀音座像(葛井寺)
Relief Depicting an Assembly of Noblemen, late 7th–8th century. Central Thailand. Lent by Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand (49/2541) | This relief along with two other reliefs (cat. nos. 152 and 153) adorned the stupa at Chedi Chula Pathon, located in the ancient Mon city of Nakhon Pathom. #LostKingdoms
Portrait of the Indian Monk Atisha, early to mid-12th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1993 (1993.479) | The Indian monk Atisha was ordained at Bodhgaya and the abbot of the vast Vikramashila monastery before traveling to Tibet in 1042. This is the earliest portrait of this great scholar; it was done in Tibet several generations after his death. #Buddhism
The cult of the bodhisattva, including the messianic Maitreya Buddha of the future, attracted a strong following from the seventh century onward in Southeast Asia. | Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, late 7th century. Central Myanmar. Lent by National Museum of Myanmar, Yangon (1650) #LostKingdoms
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sculpture | [Kyoto Sanjusangendo / flame 陀竜 King (twenty-eight parts Shu) (Kamakura)] national treasure. Wooden coloring, Tamame. Eight Ryuo one of the. Sanskrit name Nandanaga.
A monk practicing asceticism in Tibet.
Votive Plaque: Seated Buddha in a Temple, ca. 9th–10th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1982 (1982.462.6) | Molded images were produced at the great pilgrimage sites and had relic status for devotees. Here, the Buddha sits within a temple that looks very much like the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya. #Buddhism