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Double Vajra Tibet; c. 20th century Metalwork Rubin Museum of Art (Gift from the Collection of Navin Kumar, New York) C2005.44 #rubinmuseum

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Belgian photographer Vincent DelBrouck traveled to the Annapurna region of Nepal in 2010 where he photographed this windy tree ‘Dino’.

Porters passing by a Buddhist prayer wheel in Monjo, Nepal, pic by Aaron Huey

Buddhist Cosmological Scroll, Tibet; 16th century Pigments on cloth, part of the permanent collection of the Rubin Museum of Art.

Mount Nemo, the 34th highest peak in the world, and the highest peak in the Nalakankar Himal.

The Tibetan protector deity Rahula is based on an ancient Indian demi-god of the cosmos, related to the eclipse of the sun, moon and other planets.

This 19th Century painting depicts Rahula as fiercely wrathful, yellow in color, with nine heads; each face has three large eyes and a gaping mouth with exposed fangs.

Graceful ‘Dancing Ganesh’ Madhya Pradesh, 11th Century. Visit Ganesh in the Spiral Lobby.

Collected by the Vernay-Hopwood Chindwin Expedition in 1935, this rattan helmet is on view at Bard Graduate Center in Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, 1935.

In June the Shrine Room in Gateway to the Himalayas will be updated to feature new additions to the permanent collection such as this 19th century Torgam, or ritual cabinet from Tibet. Shrines in the modern day range from small and personal, to large public spaces. If you had a shrine, what would you include in it?

Via Puja: Why do the Deities Have Multiple Arms and Heads?

Why are deities often depicted with multiple arms? When you see a deity in human form but with multiple arms it is the artist’s attempt to express the deity’s superhuman power.

Pinus roxburghii (known as chir pine) is a species of pine native to the Himalayas, and named after William Roxburgh. The pine is cultivated for it’s timber as well as for producing turpentine. Here is a Chir pine in Dharamsala.

Does this Himalayan plant look familiar to you? Magnolia campbellii or Campbell’s Magnolia, is a species of Magnolia that grows in sheltered valleys in the Himalaya. From ‘Illustrations of Himalayan Plants’ 1855.

Avalokiteshvara is known as the ‘Buddha of Compassion’. He usually appears as white in color with four arms. Four-Armed All-Seeing Lord Chaturbhuja Avalokiteshvara Tibet, ca. 14th century. Mineral pigments on cloth.

The Duabanga Sonneratioides, native to the Himalayan region can grow up to 80 feet high. The large blossoms expand in April, exhaling a rank odour reportedly resembling asafoetida when they first burst, but they become inodorous before the petals drop. The Duabanga pictured here is from Illustrations of Himalayan plants (1855).

Naga Identities, now available at the book shop. #fiercelymodern

Featuring a sparing application of blue and green with a dry brush, this work is painted in the light and airy style of the later Karma Gardri School, established by Situ Panchen with its center at Palpung Monastery in southern Kham. Another hallmark of this painting tradition is a naturalistic attention to animals in the landscape, such as the golden-haltered horses at bottom center.

May 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the first American to summit Mt. Everest! This is the view from Camp 1 on Pumori.