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Devotional Objects Across Religions

Gilded brass (or gilded copper alloy) standing Buddha on lotus pedestal with both hands raised in abhaya mudra.
Thai
Buddha, standing, in double abhaya mudra and dressed in royal attire
gilded brass (or gilded copper alloy?)
18 1/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. ( 46.3 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm )
Anonymous Gift
Italian
Hanging altar lamps
silver
5 1/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. ( 13 cm x 8.57 cm )
Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Thomas M. Spaulding
Standing male figure on a round base with its hands at the sides and a triangular pendant on the front and back of the chest. The pendant is also on the sides of the hair, which is tall, topped by two small triangles, and coated in blue pigment. 
Yoruba
Male twin figure
carved wood and blue pigment
12 in x 3 1/8 in x 3 1/8 in (30.48 cm x 7.94 cm x 7.94 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
Spanish
Altar frontal
metallic cloth with gold and polychrome embroidery
90 3/16 in. x 46 1/16 in. x 3 3/4 in. ( 229 cm x 117 cm x 9.5 cm )
Gift of the Baroness Maud Ledyard von Ketteler
Standing female figure with prominent breasts on a square base. The hands are placed at the sides and there are strings of beads around the waist and neck. On the cheeks and forehead there are incised marks and the hair has a rounded, comb-like shape with horizontal grooves. 
Yoruba
Female Twin Figure
carved wood and glass beads
10 1/16 in x 3 in x 3 in (25.56 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden
This is an earthenware miniature table glazed in brown and amber with green legs. Six objects are placed on the table in two rows of three. In the back row is a central <em>ding </em>censer with a green glaze; it is flanked by two two vases with globular bodies and tall straight necks. The front row has a central amber glazed bowl filled with a pig-head. This is flanked by green glazed bowls stacked with flat-shaped, possibly vegetal, offerings. 
Chinese
Altar Table with Six Offerings
earthenware with glaze
6 7/16 in x 10 1/16 in x 6 1/2 in (16.3 cm x 25.5 cm x 16.5 cm);6 7/16 in x 10 1/16 in x 6 1/2 in (16.3 cm x 25.5 cm x 16.5 cm)
Gift of Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur
Thai
Monk (attendant figure at a Buddhist altar)
bronze
9 7/16 in. x 2 15/16 in. x 2 15/16 in. ( 24 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm )
Gift of the Estate of Margaret E. Tracy
This sculpture represents an angel bending slightly toward the left with his head tilted downward. Carved slots in his back would have held his wings, and the figure has lost his forearms and hands as well as his legs below the knees.
French
Angel
limestone with polychrome
20 1/4 in x 9 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in (51.4 cm x 24.5 cm x 15.5 cm);20 1/4 in x 9 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in (51.4 cm x 24.5 cm x 15.5 cm)
Gift of the Friends of the University of Michigan Museum of Art for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
Indian
Mahavira
bronze
6 11/16 in x 4 9/16 in x 4 1/16 in (17 cm x 11.6 cm x 10.3 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
Chinese
Dvarapala: part of a Buddhist altar group
gilt bronze
2 3/16 in. x 1 1/8 in. x 1/2 in. ( 5.5 cm x 2.9 cm x 1.3 cm )
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Chinese
Dvarapala (guardian figure) from a Buddhist altar
bronze
3 5/16 in. x 1 15/16 in. x 1/2 in. ( 8.4 cm x 5 cm x 1.3 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Chinese
Bodhisattva or royal donor figure: part of a Buddhist altar
gilt bronze
2 3/8 in. x 1 3/16 in. x 5/8 in. ( 6.1 cm x 3 cm x 1.6 cm )
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection

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Power figure (1985/1.186)
Hanuman (1976/2.53)
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 (2005/1.191)
Power Figure (2005/1.192)
Standing Christ (1972/2.55)
Angel (1969/2.157)
Power Figure (2005/1.182)
Mahavira (1979/2.53)
Ambika (1975/2.114)
Ax for Ogun (2006/2.73)
Incense Burner (1993/1.108)
Kadampa Stupa (2003/1.386)
Figure (1997/1.359)
Male Twin Figure (1986/2.122)
Whistle (2005/1.181)
Vessel (2000/2.111)

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