Stele with Eight Great Events from the Life of the Buddha, 10th century. India, Bihar, possibly from Nalanda. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (2009.541) | Relief sculptures showing the great pilgrim sites take on increasing importance across north India. The most significant scene is the central Buddha touching the earth at the moment of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya. Surrounding him are seven other scenes of his life. #Buddhism
Dvarapalas, 6th century. Central Myanmar. Lent by National Museum of Myanmar, Yangon (1622 [left], 1623 [right]) | These miniature representations depicting dvarapalas, guardians of sacred spaces, have small holes around the border, suggesting that they were fixed to a surface, probably the pedestal of a Buddha image. #LostKingdoms
Vishnu Mounted on Garuda, early 9th century. Central Vietnam. Lent by Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet, Paris (MA3572) | The theme of Vishnu riding his celestial vehicle, the mythical eagle Garuda, was rarely represented in mainland Southeast Asia before the tenth century, when it became popular in Angkorian-period temple art. #LostKingdoms
Working on the sand mandala in Karsha monestary, near Padum, Ladakh.