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The cult of the bodhisattva, including the messianic Maitreya Buddha of the future, attracted a strong following from the seventh century onward in Southeast Asia. | Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, late 7th century. Central Myanmar. Lent by National Museum of Myanmar, Yangon (1650) #LostKingdoms

The cult of the bodhisattva, including the messianic Maitreya Buddha of the future, attracted a strong following from the seventh century onward in Southeast Asia. | Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, late 7th century. Central Myanmar. Lent by National Museum of Myanmar, Yangon (1650) #LostKingdoms

Mahapratisara, the Buddhist Protectress, 10th century. India (Bihar). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.| Female bodhisattvas like this Tara were becoming increasingly important to the Buddhist communities of North India. In her lower left hand she holds a palm leaf manuscript suggesting she may have been understood as a manifestation of this text or the very embodiment of Buddhist ideology. #Buddhism

Mahapratisara, the Buddhist Protectress, 10th century. India (Bihar). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.| Female bodhisattvas like this Tara were becoming increasingly important to the Buddhist communities of North India. In her lower left hand she holds a palm leaf manuscript suggesting she may have been understood as a manifestation of this text or the very embodiment of Buddhist ideology. #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

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

Head of a Bodhisattva Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644) Culture: China Medium: Iron

Head of a Bodhisattva Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644) Culture: China Medium: Iron

Buddha Riding a Peacock" to "Buddha, possibly Amitabha (Amituo), on a Peacock Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Buddha Riding a Peacock" to "Buddha, possibly Amitabha (Amituo), on a Peacock Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Chan Patriarch Bodhidharma Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 17th century China. Porcelain with ivory glaze (Fujian Province; Dehua ware) Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Chan Patriarch Bodhidharma Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 17th century China. Porcelain with ivory glaze (Fujian Province; Dehua ware) Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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