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Chinese
Bodhisattva Guanyin
stone
7 1/2 in (19.05 cm)
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Khmer
Head and torso of a Bodhisattva (Srivijaya Style)
stone
16 9/16 in. x 11 15/16 in. x 7 1/4 in. ( 42 cm x 30.4 cm x 18.4 cm )
Gift of John Adams Thierry in memory of Louis Sidney Thierry
A 'mani' or prayer wheel, a common ritual object used in Tibetan Buddhism: a device made a handle (here a simple wooden stick) supporting a hollow cylindrical drum on a spindle. A small metal weight, attached to one one side of the drum with a cord, allows the wheel to spin with a slight rotation of the wrist. The drum in his case is of hammered metal, with incised patterns of Buddhist auspicious symbols.
Tibetan
Prayer Wheel (Mani Wheel)
copper? and wood
10 1/4 in x 3 5/16 in x 3 5/16 in (26 cm x 8.4 cm x 8.4 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Maxine W. Kunstadter in memory of Sigmund Kunstadter, Class of 1922
An example of a 'mani' or prayer wheel, a common ritual object used in Tibetan Buddhism: a device made a handle (here a wooden stick, with simple incised line designs) supporting a hollow cylindrical drum on a spindle. Here the drum is elaboratedly decorated with rows of inset turquoise stones, as well as a row of Sanskit letters in bone.  A small weight of bone attached to one one side of the drum with a metal chain, allows the wheel to spin with a slight rotation of the wrist.
Tibetan
Prayer Wheel (Mani Wheel)
metal, wood, bone, and turquoise
8 11/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (22.1 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm);8 11/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (22.1 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Maxine W. Kunstadter in memory of Sigmund Kunstadter, Class of 1922
Tibetan
An imaginary portrait of the Tibetan monk and scholar Go Lotsawa (1392–1481)
ink on silk?
21 3/4 in. x 14 1/4 in. ( 55.2 cm x 36.2 cm )
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
Saitō Kiyoshi
Buddha Asyura (Ashura, Kôfukuji, Nara)
color woodblock print on paper
17 3/4 in x 23 5/8 in (45 cm x 60 cm)
Gift of Dr. Lawrence Preuss
A portable painting (thangka) in gouache and gold pigment on sized cotton, framed with concentric borders of red and yellow figures silk, with an outer border of white satin with embroidered floral designs. The painting is designed to be rolled up when not in use.

Mandala of a Dhyana Buddha, possibly Amitayus
Ink, gouache, and gold pigment on cotton
19 7/8 in. x 15 1/4 in. ( 50.5 cm x 38.7 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Gracia E. van Loo
Artist Unknown, Gandhara (Ancient Pakistan and Afghanistan)
Maitreya, head
stucco
14 1/2 in. ( 36.8 cm )
Gift of Mark and Iuliana Phillips
A tiny tear-drop-shaped metal (copper?) pendant, edged with beading, serving as support for a minature seated image of a Dhyani Buddha, made of inlaid semi-precious stones and copper wire.  This may have originally been part of a necklace or tiara, or part of a brooch for a high-ranking monk's ritual costume.

Miniature Dhyani Buddha
copper? set with mountain coral, turquoise, and lapis lazuli
1 7/16 in. x 1 in. x 3/8 in. ( 3.7 cm x 2.5 cm x 0.9 cm )
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
Chinese
Bodhisattva, attendant figure from a larger Buddha shrine
gilt bronze
3 15/16 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 1 1/8 in. ( 10 cm x 3.2 cm x 2.8 cm )
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Standing gilt bronze Shakyamuni Buddha with glass inlay.  One hand is raised in the form of the "fear not" mudra.  Stands on a pedestal in ornamented dress and crown.

Standing Buddha, in Abhaya Mudrâ
gilt bronze with glass inlay
21 13/16 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. ( 55.4 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm )
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
A central figure dressed in a robe and crown is sitting on a throne and holding an alms bowl. Two smaller figures are on both sides of him. The left figure appears to be a monk. He is bald and is holding a staff. The right figure has a beard and is wearing a headdress. He stands with his hands clasped together. The background is filled with patterns and symbols of people, animals, and nature. 
Chinese
Dizangwang Bodhisattva
woodblock print on paper
18 in x 15 3/16 in (45.7 cm x 38.6 cm);18 11/16 in x 15 15/16 in (47.5 cm x 40.4 cm);18 in x 15 3/16 in (45.7 cm x 38.6 cm)
Gift of Willard A. and Marybelle B. Hanna

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266 Collection Object Sources

Maitreya, head (1996/2.45)
Bodhisattva (1985/2.62)
Torso of a Buddha (2005/1.457)
Head of a Buddha (2005/1.452)
Buddhist Nara (1959/2.17)
Buddhist Surplice (1998/1.144)
Tianwang (1964/2.22)
Thangka (1995/1.54)
Thangka (1995/1.53)
Shodenji, Japan (2002/2.231.2)
Kadampa Stupa (2003/1.386)
Dakini (1983/1.111)
Seated Buddha (1964/1.93)
Dakini (2000/2.157)
Standing Buddha (2005/1.458)
Head of a Buddha (2001/2.129)
Bowl (1973/2.21)
Roof Tile (1979/2.6)
Buddhist Bronze (1961/2.78)
Head of Maitreya (1969/2.138)
Small Jar (1977/2.11)
Hotei (1965/1.157)
Roof Tile (2004/1.198)
Tara (1981/2.156)
Pehar Gyalpo (1980/2.211)
Mother Goddess (1981/2.148)
Beauty (Taifu) (1984/2.45)
Lotus Blossom (1991/1.67)
Temple bell (2002/2.237D)
Boddhisattva (2015/2.143)
Boddhisattva (2015/2.144)
Buddha (2015/2.145)
Boddhisattva (2015/2.146)
Two Buddhas (2015/2.147)
Boddhisattva (2015/2.148)

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