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Watchtower with Four Archers

Pottery models of houses and farm structures were commonly included in Eastern Han burials to provide for the afterlife. Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)

Four monochrome bowls

13.198.1: Opaque dark red. Horizontal rim with uneven outer edge; convex curving side to hemispherical body; flat bottom inside outsplayed base ring with rounded edge. Intact; pitting of surface bubbles, dullin... more

Limestone funerary monument with four figures

Tombstone with husband, wife, son, and fourth figure. Early Imperial

Glass jar with four handles

Translucent manganese purple; handles in translucent pale green.Rim slightly outsplayed, with rounded vertical lip; below hollow folded flange; funnel-shaped neck; uneven, slightly pushed-in shoulder; body with... more

Large Cover with Four Trees of Life Inhabited by Rabbits and Birds

The delicate drawing and pleasing colors of the four tapestry-woven panels are the main attractions of this large and complete cover. The motif of a vase with growing vines and leaves is common; the rabbits an... more

Glass cosmetic flask with four compartments (kohl tube)

Translucent blue green; handles and trails partly in same color, partly in deep translucent blue, appearing black.Everted tubular rim, folded over and in; body comprising four tubes, side by side in a rough squ... more

Glass bowl decorated with four busts in roundels

Colorless with a pale green tinge.Plain vertical rim with uneven ground lip; hemispherical body; slightly flattened bottom.Below rim, single horizontal groove; on body, four large circular conjoining medallions... more

Glass cosmetic flask with four compartments (kohl tube)

Translucent blue green, appearing greenish blue at bottom; handle and trails in same color.Rim folded out, round, and in; body comprising four tubes, side by side in a square, made from a single inflated gather... more

Four Ear Ornaments

Central Javanese period

Four Petals from a Lotus Base

Central Javanese period

Four Polychrome Slip Painted Bowls

Bowls made with slips (diluted clay) with wholly local designs were made throughout the area surrounding Nishapur. These slip wares are easily distinguished from the ceramics produced in the rest of the Abbasid... more

Jar with Four Lug Handles

Abbasid artists sometimes applied the motifs and techniques developed in imitating imported Chinese stoneware bowls to other vessels, such as this jug. The decoration consists of a painted surface in green and ... more

Bowl with the Image of Four Camels

Luster-painted bowls made in Abbasid Iraq often featured representations of birds, mythical beasts, human beings, and vegetal patterns. This example’s playful depiction of camels is a rare departure from the ty... more

Book Cover Plaque with Christ in Majesty and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Here the symbols of the four evangelists—the eagle (Saint John), the angel (Saint Matthew), the ox (Saint Luke), and the lion (Saint Mark)—hold an open book containing the first words of each Gospel. The beardl... more

One of the Four Guardian Kings

The Four Guardian Kings (Shitennō) protect the four quarters of the universe in the four cardinal directions, warding off evil and guarding the nation. In Japan they are typically placed around the main altar o... more

Plaque with Christ in Majesty and the Four Evangelists

The evangelists write their Gospels here with the aid of their characteristic symbols. An ox literally open’s Luke’s eyes to receive divine inspiration, while Mark’s lion seems to be speaking to the author. Thi... more

The daughter of Muhammad, who is seated in a litter, takes leave of four female members of the Prophet's family; all the women have flaming gold halos.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Four brothers who live in Medina and who have been converted to Islam attempt to convert their pagan father.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

The body of Firdausî carried to the grave by four men.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Linga Altar with Four Faces of Shiva

Shiva linga are variously represented as an unadorned pillar or with one, four, or five heads of Shiva. This linga altar has a four-faced form (chaturmukha). It is banded, likely with munja grass holy to Shiva,... more

Plaque with Christ and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Christ’s arms are outstretched to display his wounds. The seven cloud-like forms on the periphery of the central medallion may refer to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The style and composition of the subje... more

Guardian King of the Four Directions

This statue, along with 1975.268.165, is from a set of the Guardian Kings of the Four Directions, Hindu demigods who were absorbed into the Buddhist pantheon as protectors of the teaching. The stocky figures re... more

Appliqué Plaque with a Tree and Four Birds

This small but powerfully rendered plaque depicting heraldic birds highlights the varied uses of brass in the medieval Islamic world. The perforations in the bodies and wings of the birds indicate that this obj... more

Guardian King of the Four Directions

This statue, along with 1975.268.164, is from a set of the Guardian Kings of the Four Directions, Hindu demigods who were absorbed into the Buddhist pantheon as protectors of the teaching. The stocky figures re... more

Base of an Altar Cross with the Four Evangelists and Their Symbols

The base for the cross is decorated with images of the four evangelists, shown as they write the Gospels. Their symbols—angel, lion, ox, and eagle—appear to the right of each. Such crosses were common on altars... more

Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: Angels Restrain the Four Winds; the Angel Ascends from the Rising Sun

Illustrated Beatus manuscripts bring to life an extraordinary vision of the end of the world, as recorded by Saint John in the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) and filtered through the lens of Beatus of Liébana,... more

Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: the Sixth Angel Delivers the Four Angels that had been Bound at the River Euphrates; an Altar Appears in the Heavens as the Enthroned Christ Raises His Hand in Blessing

Illustrated Beatus manuscripts bring to life an extraordinary vision of the end of the world, as recorded by Saint John in the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) and filtered through the lens of Beatus of Liébana,... more

Capital with Four Heads

In 863 a monk named Theodosius wrote of the grandeur of Palermo, describing it as “full of citizens and strangers. . . . Blended with the Sicilians the Greeks, the Lombards and the Jews, there are Arabs, Berber... more

Four monkeys from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 75v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of four monkeys with spears and shields. Image taken from f. 75v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Four monkeys from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 150

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of four monkeys, one in a tree. Image taken from f. 150 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Four monks at a lecturn from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 290

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of four monks at a lecturn, with a large bird on a building. Image taken from f. 290 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Four monks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 222v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of four monks. Image taken from f. 222v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Four monks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 222

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a group of three monks led forward by another monk. Image taken from f. 222 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Four Two-Colored Tiles

Made in Oxfordshire, England

Panel of Four Calligraphic Tiles

Epigraphic friezes executed in ceramic tile were integral to the decorative program of interiors in both Morocco and Spain. They were situated near eye-level, between a dado of tile mosaic and upper-wall decora... more

The Four Deities of Kōyasan Temple Complex

The four deities in court dress represent a hierarchy of local Shinto gods (kami) important to Kōyasan, the great mountain-based complex of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. The upper pair comprises Kariba Myōjin (mal... more

Four Two-Colored Tiles

Made in Oxfordshire, England

Four scenes of Hell from BL Royal 19 C I, f. 185v

Four miniatures with scenes of Hell. Image taken from f. 185v of Breviari d'Amor. Written in French (Occitan) (Provencal).

Four Type Sets

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Four Enamel Plaques

An artist of great skill produced these precious enamels for a wealthy patron. They may originally have been set like jewels in an altar or a reliquary or have been sewn to textiles such as altar cloths, bishop... more

Manuscript Cover with Four Vidyadevis Accompanied by a Protective Deity

This upper manuscript cover is decorated with four female Buddhist deities, probably wisdom goddesses (vidyadevis), and one eight-armed protective deity; each is in a red aureole. The figures are interspersed w... more

Four men from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 196v

Bas-de-page scene of three men dancing and one man singing. Image taken from f. 196v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four angels and four winds from BL Royal 15 D II, f. 132

Detail of a miniature of John and the angel witnessing four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds, in illustration of Revelation 7:1. Image taken from f. 132 of La lumier... more

Four women from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 308v

Miniature of Mary Magdalene (with an unguent-pot), Mary of Egypt (covered with long white hair and holding a loaf), Margaret (piercing a dragon with a long cross), and another (with a palm-branch), with a bas-d... more

Four people from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 178v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two men and two women in a row, holding ribbons. Image taken from f. 178v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four people from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 181v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two men and two women in a row, holding ribbons. Image taken from f. 181v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four people from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 178v

Bas-de-page scene of two men and two women in a row, holding ribbons. Image taken from f. 178v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four at table from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 199v

Bas-de-page scene of three men and a woman at a table. Image taken from f. 199v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four apes from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 179v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of four apes, hand in hand, wearing smocks with hoods. Image taken from f. 179v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four at table from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 199v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of three men and a woman at a table. Image taken from f. 199v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four women from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 308v

Detail of a miniature of Mary Magdalene (with an unguent-pot), Mary of Egypt (covered with long white hair and holding a loaf), Margaret (piercing a dragon with a long cross), and another (with a palm-branch). ... more

Four men from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 196v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of three men dancing and one man singing. Image taken from f. 196v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four people from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 181v

Bas-de-page scene of two men and two women in a row, holding ribbons. Image taken from f. 181v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Four apes from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 179v

Bas-de-page scene of four apes, hand in hand, wearing smocks with hoods, with a decorated initial 'C'(onfitebimur). Image taken from f. 179v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French ... more

"The Four Knights of Kai Khusrau in the Mountains", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

One of the stories of the Shahnama tells of the Shah Kai Khusrau, riding off into the mountains and disappearing in the snow. When his knights realize he is missing, they set off to find him. As they stop to ... more

Lion, dog and four apes from BL Royal 17 E VII, f. 1

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a lion, a dog and four apes, at the beginning of Proverbs. Image taken from f. 1 of La Bible historiale complétée (Proverbs - Revelation). Written in French.