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Devotional Objects Across Religions

Cloth figure of a human, bound around human remains. The figure is in a seated position with arms outstretched. The torso and neck are cylindrical and elongated.
Bembe
Reliquary figure (muzidi)
dyed woven cotton cloth, vegetable fiber, cane, wood pegs, human remains
15 7/8 in x 14 5/8 in x 9 in (40.3 cm x 37.2 cm x 22.9 cm)
Anonymous Gift
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
bronze with inlaid turquoise and coral
16 9/16 in x 5 11/16 in x 5 3/4 in (42 cm x 14.5 cm x 14.6 cm);16 9/16 in x 5 11/16 in x 5 11/16 in (42 cm x 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This clay votive plaque depicts the Buddha in the gesture of “calling the earth to witness."  He is shown here surrounded by five stupas, or reliquary monuments.
Indian
Buddha, seated in bhumisparsa mudra, surrounded by five stupas (votive plaque)
terracotta
4 7/8 in x 3 7/8 in x 15/16 in (12.4 cm x 9.8 cm x 2.3 cm)
Gift of George P. Bickford
This page of an illuminated manuscript on thin parchment is vertically oriented. Centered in the upper two-thirds of the page is a window-shaped scene of a priest celebrating mass. The priest, with red and white robes and a tonsure, holds up a communion wafer at an altar that has a bible and a communion goblet on it and an image of two figures with halos behind them. The altar and the priest’s robes are trimmed with gold leaf. Behind the priest are two kneeling figures, a man and a woman. They are in the interior of a gothic church, with stone vaulting above them. Below the scene are four lines of calligraphy with the first letter, a ‘D’, highly decorated. Decorative detailing surrounds the text and the scene. The left side consists of an ivy-like plant growing out of the "D", and the bottom and right sides have different foliate-derived design depicted in ink, tempera and gold.
French
Priest Celebrating a Mass (Leaf from the Tarleton Hours)
ink, tempera and gold on thin parchment
5 1/2 in x 4 3/16 in (13.97 cm x 10.64 cm);5 1/2 in x 4 3/16 in (13.97 cm x 10.64 cm)
Museum Purchase

Ancestral Shrine Figure (Male)
carved wood
56 7/8 in x 12 13/16 in x 8 7/8 in (144.5 cm x 32.5 cm x 22.5 cm);56 7/8 in x 12 13/16 in x 8 7/8 in (144.5 cm x 32.5 cm x 22.5 cm)
Stefan T. Edlis Collection
Moroccan
Qur’an manuscript page
ink and color on paper
13 in x 2 7/8 in (33 cm x 7.3 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton B. Freudenheim in memory of Otto F. Ege
Thai
One of Ten-Piece Set of Altar Tables
gilt and lacquered wood with mirrors
9 1/16 in. x 72 1/16 in. x 36 in. ( 23 cm x 183 cm x 91.5 cm )
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
This small figure is that of a dog who has short legs, a thick, curled tail, small ears, and an elongated muzzle. Its mouth is open with pointed teeth bared and tongue slightly hanging. Its eyes include small mirrors and feature the white mineral <em>kaolin</em>. On the dog’s back is a large, mirror-topped medicine pack which has been sealed with resin.  There are two recesses on top of both hind legs which also likely held packets of medicine.  Near the top of the two front legs are hollow projections, which have broken off.
Vili (Kongo)
Power Figure
wood, mirrors, resin, tukula powder and medicinal substances
2 3/4 in x 6 7/8 in x 2 3/4 in (7 cm x 17.5 cm x 7 cm);3 11/16 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 9/16 in (9.3 cm x 17.2 cm x 6.5 cm);5/8 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (1.6 cm x 8.6 cm x 6.5 cm)
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
Standing male figure with bushy beard wearing a robe and black boots, decorated with red and black pigment.<br />
Chinese
Sogdian groom, from a set of funerary sculptures
earthenware with slip and painted decoration
8 3/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. ( 21.3 cm x 6 cm x 5.72 cm )
Museum Purchase
Wooden miniture model of a tower, comprised of a round base, a bar in the middle where three larger discs and six or seven small discs are inserted. A bulb-shaped ornament rests on top.
Japanese
Stupa: Hyakuman tô (one of one million pagodas)
carved wood with traces of gesso
8 3/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. ( 21.2 cm x 10.4 cm x 10.4 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
The Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra (the gesture of touching the earth with his right hand, palm inward), signaling his victory over Mara. He is shown under three leaves, indicating the bodhi tree under which he sat while meditating before reaching an awakening. He is shown flanked by two stupas, or reliquary monuments, symbolizing his attainment of nirvana.<br />
Indian
Buddha, seated under a canopy of 3 leaves on a double lotus dais in the padmasana pose, in bhumisparsa mudra, flanked by two stupas
black schist
3 1/16 in x 1 11/16 in x 15/16 in (7.8 cm x 4.3 cm x 2.3 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Gilt and lacquered wooden table of ten-piece altar set. Not including the base, the set is designed in three rows, which simultaneously recede from the viewer and increase in height, culminating in one central table that rises above the rest allocated for a statue of the Buddha. Each table is carved along the edges in stylized floral and leaf patterns coated with gold gilt. The wood surfaces of the tables are coated in red lacquer, and with the exclusion of the short, wide base, each table in the set includes a mirror designed to face the viewer.
Thai
One of Ten-Piece Set of Altar Tables
gilt and lacquered wood with mirrors
21 5/8 in. x 10 1/16 in. x 20 1/4 in. ( 55 cm x 25.5 cm x 51.5 cm )
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

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125 Collection Object Sources

Kadampa Stupa (2003/1.386)
Power Figure (2005/1.182)
Figure (1997/1.359)
Twin Figure (1983/2.190)
Twin Figure (1987/2.79)
Male Twin Figure (1988/1.160)
Twin Figure (1986/2.117)
Male Twin Figure (1986/2.119)
Twin Figure (1986/2.120)
Twin Figure (1986/2.121)
Twin Figure (1986/2.115)
Male Twin Figure (1986/2.122)
Male Twin Figure (1986/2.125)
Male Twin Figure (1986/2.124)
Angel (1969/2.157)
Mahavira (1979/2.53)
Incense Burner (1993/1.108)
Ax for Ogun (2006/2.73)
Ambika (1975/2.114)
Standing Christ (1972/2.55)
Hanuman (1976/2.53)
Power Figure (2005/1.192)
Power Figure (2005/1.191)
Power Figure (2005/1.183)
Power figure (2005/1.189)
Power Figure (2005/1.180)
Power Figure (2005/1.179)
Ancestor figure (2005/1.190)
Power Figure (2005/1.178)
Power Figure (2005/1.177)
Power figure (1985/1.186)
Whistle (2005/1.181)
Vessel (2000/2.111)

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