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At first glance this sculpture appears to represent the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara but is in fact Vajrasattva.
This painted cover for a palm-leaf manuscript belongs to the Pala- Nepalese tradition. It comes from a palm-leaf edition of the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra (“Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 Verses”).
Hotei’s sack encompasses the Great Emptiness.
Three-Sided Section of a Portable Shrine (11.4 cm high) with Scenes from the Life of the Buddha. Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara), 5th–6th century.
This small bronze Buddha (16.8 cm) is probably one of the earliest iconic representations of Shakyamuni from Gandhara.
Buddhist art: Tantric shrine, disclosing Nirvana within the petals of a lotus.
Fudō uses his sword to cut through ignorance and his lasso to reign in those who would block the path to enlightenment.