From the 1897 printed caption (translated from the Japanese), and semi-paraphrased by Okinawa_Soba.... ".....The photograph shows a table-top model of the two "Diva Kings", Indra and Brahma, who keep guard at the outer gates of Japanese temples to scare away demons.
Ōtsu-e of Shōmen Kongōyasha (Vajrayaksha), 17th century. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975 (1975.268.142) #Halloween
Stele with Eight Great Events from the Life of the Buddha Period: Pala period Date: 10th century Culture: India, Bihar, possibly from Nalanda Medium: Black schist with traces of gilding Dimensions: H. 11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); Wt. 11 lbs (5 kg) Classification: Sculpture Credit Line: Gift of Raymond G. and Marsha Vargas Handley, 2009 Accession Number: 2009.541
Six-Armed Avalokitesvara Expounding the Dharma: Folio from a Manuscript of the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom), early 12th century. India (West Bengal) or Bangladesh. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445j) | Palm leaf manuscripts housed in the great north Indian monasteries were important for the spread of doctrine and many were brought by monks to Tibet. This text assembles the totality of Mahayana doctrine…
Manjuvajra Mandala, 11th century. Bangladesh or India. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956 (57.51.6) | This sculpture represents an esoteric form of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom. #Buddhism
This palm leaf manuscript illustration was done in the 12th century at one of the great monastic centers in North India. This Green Tara, shown bestowing boons, is only 2 ¼ inches tall. It is amazing how the artist has managed to subtly depict this dynamic figure in great detail. Such imagery went on to have a great impact on the emerging painting traditions of Tibet.