29 UMMA Objects
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A woodblock print on paper; the block was quite worn when the print was made, resulting in an impression of poor quality.
Tibetan (Tibetan (culture or style))
Padmasambhava in Yabyum (Divine Union)
20th century
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund

Four-Armed Esoteric Deity, probably Avalokitesvara
10th century
Gift of Mark and Iuliana Phillips

Vairocana Buddha, Seated in the Mudra of the Union of Six Elements
10th century
Gift of Mark and Iuliana Phillips
A bas-relief carving made of bone and in the shape of a lotus petal, depicting a wrathful guardian of the Tibetan Buddhist faith. At the base of the "petal" are the tops of mountains, with the waves of the sea visible between them; in the rounded part of the "petal,"  a border of flames encircles a dynamic image of the bodhisattva Vajrapani in his wrathful form. The background behind Vajrapani is incised with closely spaced wavy lines, again suggesting flames.
Guru Dragpo Votive Plaque, in the shape of a lotus petal
18th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
A molded and incised relief sculpture of four seated Buddhas, on a dais with floral rosette motifs.
Khmer (Khmer (general))
Four seated Buddhas, in dhyana mudra
12th century
Gift of Michele Caplan

Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Crown for Vairocana Buddha (J. Dainichi Nyorai)
17th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
A fragment of a horizontal scroll, which would originally have been rolled up and tucked inside a Tibetan prayer wheel, with the text of a prayer printed in red and black ink.
Tibetan (Tibetan (culture or style))
Prayer scroll fragment, from a prayer wheel
18th century
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton B. Freudenheim in memory of Otto F. Ege
A portable painting in mineral pigments and gold on a primed cotton ground; the painting is designed to be rolled up when not in use. The painting was folded at some time in its history, resulting in a loss of pigment along two vertical lines.
Pehar Gyalpo
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
A miniature stupa, cast of bronze in several parts, consisting of a bell-shaped base; an inverted cone-shaped tower, capped by an "umbrella" with pendant, fringe-like decoration, inlaid with semi-percious stone, surmounted by a lotus bud. Atop the whole structure is a half-moon and sun disk motif, supported by intertwined ribbons and culminating in another lotus bud.
Kadampa Stupa
13th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Tibetan (Tibetan (culture or style))
An imaginary portrait of the Tibetan monk and scholar Go Lotsawa (1392–1481)
1700 – 1899
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
A portable painting done in ink and gouache on loose-weave, primed cotton, surround by two strips of fabric. This painting has suffered greatly from water damage, running the pigments together.
Tibetan (Tibetan (culture or style))
Yungdron Dorje Pal (1284–1365) subduing a wrathful demon while attended by a meditation deity, Mahakala and other monks.
1700 – 1750
Gift of Mrs. Josselyn Van Tyne
An illustration of the bodhisattva Jokaishō, the divine figure is seated on a lotus blossom venerating a reliquary. The figure sits cross-legged on a red lotus blossom, while beneath the figure is a blue sutra box on a green and yellow lotus. The image is depicted with largely even "iron-wire" lines typical of Heian period Buddhist painting. 
Takuma Tametō
Bodhisattva (Jokaisho Bosatsu): esoteric Buddhist iconographic drawing
1133 – 1166
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund