late 15th–e.17th C. Buddhist Pilgrim. Ming China. A young man in this stance of reverence is often Sudhana. In China he is linked with Guan-yin. Linden wood, pigment, lacquer, gilding; single-woodblock construction. H. 27 1/2"
Pensive Bodhisattva, mid-7th century. Korea. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2003 (2003.222) | In Korea, images of the pensive bodhisattva type emerged as an important Buddhist icon during the sixth and seventh centuries, particularly in the kingdoms of Baekje and Silla. This seated figure is among the best preserved and most spectacular. #OneMetManyWorlds
Krishna Govardhana, early 7th century. Southern Cambodia. Lent by National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (Ka.1641) | As described in the Bhagavata Purana, the youthful Krishna miraculously raises Mount Govardhan, near Mathura in northern India, to protect the villagers and cowherds from a great rainstorm sent by Indra. #LostKingdoms
Shri Ganesh! Ganesha, 7th century. Southern Cambodia. Lent by National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (Ka.1588) | It is evident from this Khmer example that by the seventh century Zhenla artists had developed a specific style for this most enigmatic of deities that transcended the Gupta models on which it was based. #LostKingdoms