This Green Tara was painted in one of the Kumbum cambers and likely dates not long after the site was founded in 1427. The style of this image suggests that Newari artists from Nepal had a hand in imagery of this important religious structure.
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. Purchase, Enid A. Haupt Gift, 1979 (1979.6) | This Buddha image embodies the qualities of radiant inner calm and stillness, the products of supreme wisdom. As the summation of stylistic development in a period of Buddhist expansion, this representation became the benchmark for the Buddha image throughout Asia. #OneMetManyWorlds
Buddha in Meditation under a Seven-Headed Naga, 7th century. Central Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok (DV9) | This seated Buddha, deep in meditation, is protected by a seven-headed naga (snake). The Buddha is flanked by two cylindrical stupas (stupa kumbha) with multiple umbrellas, emblematic of Buddha relics. #LostKingdoms