Buddha, late 5th century. India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Enid A. Haupt Gift, 1979 (1979.6) | This Buddha image embodies the qualities of radiant inner calm and stillness, the products of supreme wisdom. As the summation of stylistic development in a period of Buddhist expansion, this representation became the benchmark for the Buddha image throughout Asia. #OneMetManyWorlds
Buddha Preaching the First Sermon at Sarnath, 11th century. India (Bihar, probably Nalanda). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.43) | This Buddha from Nalanda could well have been housed in a temple. As early images typically were attached to relic structures this idea of venerating an independent image of the Buddha reflects a shift in practice that was especially important for the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. #Buddhism
This Green Tara was painted in one of the Kumbum cambers and likely dates not long after the site was founded in 1427. The style of this image suggests that Newari artists from Nepal had a hand in imagery of this important religious structure.
Votive Plaque: Seated Buddha in a Temple, ca. 9th–10th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1982 (1982.462.6) | Molded images were produced at the great pilgrimage sites and had relic status for devotees. Here, the Buddha sits within a temple that looks very much like the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya. #Buddhism