MEXICO | "Smiling" Figure, 7th–8th century. Mexico, Mesoamerica, Veracruz. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 (1979.206.1211) #WorldCup
Candraprabha, Personification of the Moon, late 7th–8th century. Central Thailand. Lent by Victoria and Albert Museum, London (IS.27-1987) | The practice of personifying planets has Vedic origins in ancient India and was undoubtedly part of the veneration of the elements in Southeast Asian antiquity as well. #LostKingdoms
Bodhisattva, probably Maitreya, Seated in Royal Ease, ca. 8th–9th century. Central Myanmar. Lent by Victoria and Albert Museum, London (IM.39-1922) | This bronze ranks foremost in the small corpus of late Pyu metal Buddhist icons. It depicts a bodhisattva, likely the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya, seated in royal ease (rajalilasana). #LostKingdoms
Jaharis Byzantine Lectionary, ca. 1100. Made in Constantinople. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mary and Michael Jaharis Gift and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2007 (2007.286) | Shown to have been made for use in Hagia Sophia, the patriarchal church of the Byzantine Empire, this manuscript exemplifies the Byzantine interest in the art of the book. #OneMetManyWorlds
Lintel Depicting Vishnu Anantasayin and the Birth of Brahma, mid-7th century. Western Cambodia. Lent by National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (Ka.3218) | This lintel depicting a beloved creation myth in Hindu cosmology, the birth of Brahma, represents the beginning of this subject’s portrayal in Southeast Asia. The composition is dominated by the majestic figure of Vishnu outstretched in slumber on the coils of the world-snake Ananta. #LostKingdoms
[Album of Egyptian and Turkish photographs. Volume 1/assembled by Rudolf H. and Lulu Reinhart in 1906 on their wedding trip], 1906. Rare Books in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Thomas J. Watson Library (b1051820_v1_018) | In 1906, Egypt was a perfect honeymoon destination for Rudolf H. and Lulu Reinhart
This 1933 photograph of the Great Hall shows the Assyrian human-headed winged bull and winged lion (lamassu). These sculpture are now on view in The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery for Assyrian Art (401) in the Ancient Near Eastern Art department.