Model of the Mahabodhi Temple, 12th century. North India, Bihar. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, 2006 (2006.218) | While the Mahabodhi temple has undergone countless renovations, this small model of the temple gives us a clear sense of its form in the 12th century. Such images were produced for pilgrims and have been found across India, Myanmar, Nepal and Tibet. #Buddhism
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.
Chakrasamvara Mandala, ca. 1100. Nepal. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1995 (1995.233) | This mandala, or ritual diagram, is conceived as the palace of the wrathful Chakrasamvara and his consort Vajravarahi, seen together at the center of the composition. These deities are important to the Newar tradition of Nepal as well as in Tibet, embodying the esoteric knowledge of Buddhist texts, the Yoga Tantras. #Buddhism