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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

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

Buddha, late 5th century. India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Buddha, late 5th century. India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Gauri Ragini: A Maiden Picking Blossoms from a Tree, Late 16th century. Islamic. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bequest of Edwin Binney, 3rd | This work is featured in our “ Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy” exhibition, on view through July 26, 2015. #DeccanSultans

Gauri Ragini: A Maiden Picking Blossoms from a Tree, Late 16th century. Islamic. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bequest of Edwin Binney, 3rd | This work is featured in our “ Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy” exhibition, on view through July 26, 2015. #DeccanSultans

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