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[Lamas playing cymbals during New Year's ceremony, Gangtok, Sikkim]

[Lamas playing cymbals during New Year's ceremony, Gangtok, Sikkim]

Title devised by Library staff. Slide used for the presentation: "A Tour of the Lost Kingdom: Sikkim" by Dr. Alice S. Kandell and Hope Cooke, Library of Congress, March 13, 2010. Webcast available at: http://... More

Fragment of a doorpost

Fragment of a doorpost

This stone is carved with two scenes from the life of the Buddha, when he was still a prince. On the front, he is sending his carriage driver and horse back to the family palace from which he has just fled. He ... More

The bodhisattva Maitreya

The bodhisattva Maitreya

Maitreya, the Buddha of the future, is making the abhaya mudra, or ‘fear not’ gesture. His webbed fingers are a sign of his divine nature. This figure shows that Buddhist art in Gandhara, which was in contact v... More

Buddha
Buddha
Head of the Buddha

Head of the Buddha

The protuberance or topknot on the head (ushnisha) and the raised spot on the forehead (urna) are standard features of the Buddha. The wavy hair combed back from the face is characteristic of Buddha figures fro... More

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The bodhisattva Maitreya

The bodhisattva Maitreya

Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, will appear during the following world cycle and rule an earthly paradise as successor to the Buddha. At present he is still in his heaven, awaiting his descent to earth. Thi... More

Buddha
Head of a Buddha

Head of a Buddha

Kizil kingdom

Buddha with Two Disciples
Buddha
Buddha

Buddha

Kizil kingdom

Tara
Buddha Head

Buddha Head

The word buddha means ‘the enlightened one’ in Sanskrit. This head was originally part of a complete body. The marble is smooth and delicately carved, the facial features in particular are elegantly executed. W... More

Buddha
Maitreya
Tara
Buddha
Standing Buddha

Standing Buddha

This kind of Buddha figurine is based on Indian models and was widely distributed in Southeast Asia, from Thailand to Indonesia. With his right hand, the Buddha is making the vitarka mudra, the gesture of teach... More

Seated Buddha LACMA M.2001.29

Seated Buddha LACMA M.2001.29

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seated_Buddha_LACMA_M.2001.29.jpg ) .Description..Title.Seated Buddha..Description..: Korea, Three Kingdoms period, Old Silla kingdom (57 B.... More

Standing Buddha

Standing Buddha

Khotan kingdom, Dandan Uilik

Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara

Three Buddhist Statuettes. Although these three statuettes were found together in Sulawesi, they differ greatly in style. This makes it clear that in Indonesia images coming from many different regions were use... More