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#Buddhist Art | Virūpākṣa is one of the Four Heavenly Kings representing the cardinal direction of the west in Buddhist cosmology. Japon

Buddhist Guardian King, Ming dynasty (1368–1644). China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947 (47.18.104) #mustache #movember

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

Fudō Myōō (Achala-vidyārāja), 12th 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 (1975.268.163) | Fudō Myōō uses his sword to cut through ignorance and his lasso to reign in those who would block the path to enlightenment. #sword

During the late eighth century, a new expression of the savior bodhisattva appeared in Southeast Asia, inspired by developments in India that promoted esoteric forms of Buddhism. | Buddhist Protectress Mahapratisara, 9th century. Western Indonesia. Lent by Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.84 #LostKingdoms

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.

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