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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

Three-Sided Section of a Portable Shrine with Scenes from the Life of the Buddha

This wedge-shaped quarter section is part of a shrine that would have been circular when closed. The upper four interior registers show events from Shakyamuni's childhood and his great departure; the lowest two... more

Stele with Eight Great Events from the Life of the Buddha

Most significant is the central Buddha touching the earth at the moment of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, indicated by the branches above his head. Surrounding him are scenes of his life, e... more

Reliquary(?) with Scenes from the Life of Buddha

This container likely served as a Buddhist reliquary. There are three scenes: the first shows the miraculous birth of Siddhartha, the historical Buddha. He emerges from the right side of his mother, Queen Maya,... more

Textile with Birds and Horned Quadrupeds Flanking a Tree of Life

The motif of confronted animals on either side of a tree has a long history in Iran, but it became popular throughout the Byzantine empire and in the area around the Mediterranean Sea where Iranian textiles wer... more

Temple Pendant with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Geometric and Vegetal Motifs (back)

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Leaf and Rosette Motifs (back)

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more

One of a Pair of Temple Pendants, with Two Birds Flanking a Tree of Life (front) and Leaf and Rosette Motifs (back)

When Kievan Rus, a powerful new state to the north of the Byzantine Empire, accepted Christianity as its official religion in 988, the aristocracy also adopted the manners and dress of the Byzantine court. Loca... more