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Burmese
Royal Attendant for a Buddhist Shrine (one of a pair)
19th century
Gift from Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
2005/1.448.1
A bearded man, wearing a loincloth and a long trailing headband, hangs from a cross by his arms, which have split open beneath the ropes that bind them. His left leg hangs downward and passes behind his right foot, which perches precariously on a forked branch. He strains to his left and gazes upward with his mouth open in a tortured movement augmented by the dramatic sweeps of drapery that frame his torso.
School of Kalkar
The Good Thief on the Cross
1515 – 1525
Museum Purchase
1976/1.233

Burmese
Royal Attendant for a Buddhist Shrine (one of a pair)
19th century
Gift from Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
2005/1.448.2
This rectangular panel depicts four sacred figures rendered in dark hues with passages of vibrant red against a gold background. The upper edge of the gilded frame bears the prayer known as the "Hail Mary" ("Ave Maria Gratia Plena Domin[us tecum]").
Umbrian;Italian
Madonna and Child with St. Thomas Aquinas and a Bishop Saint
1440 – 1480
Gift of Alice Berle Crawford
1992/1.134

Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Dvarapala (Buddhist guardian deity)
633 – 666
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
1964/2.26

Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Bodhisattva, possibly Padmapani, seated in lalitasana and holding a lotus bud in the left hand: part of a Buddhist altar group
618 – 907
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1961/2.71
This painted panel depicts an intimate domestic setting consisting of a bedchamber with a fireplace and a smaller vaulted antechamber that opens out on a garden. A haloed woman wearing a white veil rests in bed, having recently given birth. She leans to her right as she reaches toward a basin held by an attendant and looks across the room to the infant who is held on the lap of another servant. A halo also encircles the head of the child and a pair of angels fly above her. Several other attendants and midwives bustle about the room, while another woman, more richly clad than the servants, gazes on the child from her seat at the foot of the bed. In the antechamber sits a haloed man in a long white beard, who leans forward to hear news of the birth from the child standing in front of him. A companion sits behind him and a servant passes through the door into the bedchamber.
Sano di Pietro
The Nativity of the Virgin
1448 – 1452
Museum purchase made possible by the Thirtieth Anniversary Project and the Friends of the Museum of Art
1977/2.1

Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Dvarapala (guardian figure) from a Buddhist altar
618 – 907
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
1963/1.81
This carved bone sculpture depicts John the Evangelist in profile with his hands held before him, bowing his head in mourning. A male figure wearing a knee-length robe stands on the right and holds a club in his left hand. A second male figure appears behind the saint in a similar pose of grief.
Embriachi Workshop, Venice, Italy
The Mourning St. John the Evangelist with two male figures (fragment of a crucifixion from a portable altarpiece)
1395 – 1405
Presented in memory of Rosalie Eisenberg
1966/1.108

Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Buddha, seated in the pralambapadasana pose (with legs pendant), in abhaya mudra
600 – 799
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1964/2.92
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