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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

Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Bi disk
9794 BCE – 220 CE
Museum purchase from the collection of Max Loehr

Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Ceremonial Blade
960 – 1279
Gift of the Estate of Agnes E. Meyer

Dogon (Dogon (culture or style))
Ritual Staff
20th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. Burton
A miniature sculpture of a the Tibetan yogin Milarepa as a rotund figure, seated in lalitasana (the posture of royal ease, with one knee drawn up and the other relaxed) on an antelope skin (the head of the antelope can be discerned just under the figure's left foot, as an incised design). The right hand is raised, cusping the right ear as though to better hear, while the left elbow rests on the left knee, and the right hand holds a nettle-shell bowl. Wrapped around his torso, from his right shoulder to his left knee, is a sash (sometimes referred to as a meditation belt), which allows him to keep his body upright during long hours of meditation. The base, cast in a single piece with the figure, is decorated with beading and a single band of lotus petals.
Yogi Milarepa (c. 1032–c. 1135)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
Ambika sits above her stylized lion mount with a long body and with its tail curled to add support to the seated figure above. She sits with one leg pendant.  She has four arms, the back two hold stylized mango clusters and her front right hand holds a large mango.  Her left-hand cups a child seated on her left knee.  Another child stands on the base to her right.  The backing takes on a throne-like form, but she appears to float in front of it, the square-ish base is pierced and the arch of the back is surmounted by an auspicious pot form with leaves creating a volute shape to either side.  The sculpture is solid brass, but the eyes and an ornament in her headdress are inlayed with silver.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
17th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
The jina Malli sits in the lotus position on an inlayed cushion on a tiered throne. Seated with his hands folded in a gesture of meditation, he is surrounded by a number of figures representing other jinas, attendants and demigods. In the center in front of the throne sits the goddess Ambika with a child on her lap.  On the first tier of the throne sit two figures that may represent donors.  On the next left are nine mounds representing the nine planets [navagraha], five to his right and four to his left.  At the base of his seat are two stylized lions and this is flanked by a male and female demigod.  On the arch surrounding the figure at his level a standing jina figure is to each side and cauri bearer is on the outside of each of them.  At his shoulders, the cross bars of the throne back end in stylized makara heads with jewels hanging from their mouths.  A seated jina adorns the arch to each side of his head and elephants surmount them with an umbrella over his head with a dancing figure atop it.  The who
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Malli shrine, dated VS 1528 [1471 A.D.]
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.

Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Scabbard Ornament for Sword
1998 – 1999
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
A small, solid gilt bronze image of the Budddha, shown standing in a slighly swayback pose with both right and left hands in vitarka mudra, the gesture ot teaching. His robe is draped over both shoulders and falls in large, symmentrical V-shaped folds in shallow relief over his torso. His head is small, with the canonical snail-shell curls suggested by tiny knobs of bronze. He has full cheeks, a well-defined mouth, and incised slits for his eyes. There are two incised rings at his neck (instead of the canonical three). He stands on a pedestal of upward, double-petal lotus petals, raised on a hollow base. Some turquoise patina is visible on tthe base and head.
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Buddha, standing, in vitarka mudra
7th century
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
The figure is standing on a lotus-shaped pedestal; the hair is tied as a knot on top of the head; a crown is also on the top. The face has two elongated ears, round eyeblows, eyes looking downward; the lips are shut; sloping sholders are wrapped with thin robe, which hung toward the knees. Right hand, showing a palm, is raised to the chest while the left hand is by the lower abdomen, as if holding something. The three wrinkles can be seen on the neck. All are made of wood.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Bodhisattva Padmapani (Avalokiteshvara; Japanese, Kannon), from Kôfukuji
12th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
greyware jar with lid, pained with polychrome mystic cloud design, flared neck, globular body, tall foot
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Large covered hu (wine storage jar) with molded taotie masks and painted designs of stylized clouds and Mount Penglai
01/01/9901 BCE
Gift of Domino's Pizza, Inc.
A figure is sitting on a lotus-shaped pedestal, which is itself placed on an hexagonal pedestal. The figure wears a drape hanging from the left shoulder and covering the bottom. The arms are placed in front; right hand holding the left index finger. The facial expression is calm; the two eyes looking down; a dot on the forehead. Two elongated ears. A tall crown on the head. The two halos are on the back of the figure; one behind the head and other behind the torso. Two halos are surrounded by an oval-shaped dais. The statue and pedestals are guilded with gold; some polychrome remnants.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Vairocana Buddha (Japanese, Dainichi Nyorai)
17th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund