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  • A Meditating Bodhisattva · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    Meditating Bodhisattva Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit Description Before he became a Buddha enlightened one Shakyamuni was a bodhisattva future Buddha who lived a sheltered life as a prince in a royal palace Shakyamuni prior to his enlightenment was the model for the class of divine beings known as bodhisattvas eventual Buddhas who spread compassion and other virtues in the world and who served as ideals for the princely patrons who supported the Buddhist monasteries of Gandhara The bodhisattvas of Gandhara can seldom be identified with specific names This one is notable because of his flaming halo Exhibitions Desire and Devotion Art from India Nepal and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection The Walters Art Museum Baltimore Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Albuquerque Museum Albuquerque Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham 2001 2003 Provenance Walter Shurkin Albuquerque after 1966 mode of acquisition unknown John and Berthe Ford Baltimore date of acquisition unknown by purchase Walters Art Museum 2012 by gift Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford 2012 Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with Facebook to start your own collections Creator Gandharan Artist Period 2nd

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/9687/a-meditating-bodhisattva/ (2016-02-18)
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  • A Panel with Figures · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    vines encircle five seated figures In their original architectural context the figures would have turned toward the enshrined object of devotion probably a sculpture of the Buddha The uppermost figure a monk with a simple robe and closely cropped hair holds a book Gesturing expressively he is perhaps a teacher Below him four richly adorned bodhisattvas sit on lotus pedestals each flanked by smaller lotuses that grow on long stems Most likely they belonged to a group of eight bodhisattvas known as an ashta bodhisattva mandala together with four counterparts carved into the opposite panel of the shrine s doorway Exhibitions Desire and Devotion Art from India Nepal and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection The Walters Art Museum Baltimore Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Albuquerque Museum Albuquerque Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham 2001 2003 Cupola and Bridge Reinstallation 2014 2014 2017 Provenance Arnold Lieberman New York New York date and mode of acquisition unknown John Eskanazi London date of acquisition unknown by purchase John and Berthe Ford Baltimore October 3 1997 by purchase Walters Art Museum 2010 by gift Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford 2010 Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/2670/a-panel-with-figures/ (2016-02-18)
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  • A Princely Voyeur · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    ducks that look like toys The startled ladies in various states of undress have just seen the voyeur on his horse behind a row of trees The elderly duenna quickly tries to shield the princess from his gaze by improvising a screen with part of her white dress The bullock cart that brought the ladies stands behind the foliage on the upper right Provenance John and Berthe Ford Baltimore date

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  • A Ritual Box · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    deity Lhamo The precise function of the box within a ritual context is unknown but it may have served as a storage container for other esoteric objects used within a tantric ritual The inclusion of skulls as border motifs and the manacled creatures at either end are suggestive of both protection of the contents and the use of the box in purifying rites or exorcisms The inscriptions include spells using Sanskrit words and Tibetan curses such as May its voice sink in darkness and dissolve Part of the ritual seems to have involved capturing the spirit and part subduing it There may also be references to yogic activities such as controlled breathing exercises The complexity of the decoration is indicative of a date in the 18th century making this a relatively late example of the Tibetan tantric tradition Exhibitions Desire and Devotion Art from India Nepal and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection The Walters Art Museum Baltimore Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Albuquerque Museum Albuquerque Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham 2001 2003 Provenance Kathmandu Nepal date and mode of acquisition unknown John and Berthe Ford Baltimore Winter 1983 by purchase Walters Art Museum 2007 by

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/23140/a-ritual-box/ (2016-02-18)
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  • A Serpent Deity · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    Creative Commons License A Serpent Deity Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit Description Crowned by a five headed cobra whose coiled body weaves itself into a throne this bejeweled figure is a naga raja or divine serpent king As guardians of the earth s hidden treasures serpent deities are associated with wealth Fittingly this naga raja holds a gem in one hand and what appears to be a plate of jewels in the other Once inlaid with semiprecious stones the sculpture may have functioned in a Hindu or Buddhist context for nagas are sacred across religious traditions Exhibitions Desire and Devotion Art from India Nepal and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection The Walters Art Museum Baltimore Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Albuquerque Museum Albuquerque Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham 2001 2003 Cupola and Bridge Reinstallation 2014 2014 2017 Provenance Oriental Antiquities London date and mode of acquisition unknown John and Berthe Ford Baltimore November 19 1969 by purchase Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with Facebook to start your own collections Creator Nepalese Artist Period 11th century

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/23645/a-serpent-deity/ (2016-02-18)
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  • A Sexual Encounter · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    in the act on a bed that sits in a pavilion with a peacock on its roof beside a tree A yellow panel along the top was clearly meant to include a description The band below is adorned with a white meandering vine on red ground Both figures have fair complexions but he is more tanned than she Provenance John and Berthe Ford Baltimore date and mode of acquisition unknown

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/35613/a-sexual-encounter/ (2016-02-18)
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  • A Sexual Posture · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    the top red border of this picture which states that this is the picture of the posture known as kissing both eyes Exhibitions Desire and Devotion Art from India Nepal and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection The Walters Art Museum Baltimore Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Albuquerque Museum Albuquerque Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham 2001 2003 Provenance Sharma New Delhi India date and mode of

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/29903/a-sexual-posture/ (2016-02-18)
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  • A Tantric Yogin · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    his left shoulder Like a divinity he sits on a lotus in the heroic virusana posture In his lap he holds a skull cup revealing his role as a tantric teacher This posture and iconography is common to Pala sculpture of the 11th and 12th centuries It is likely that this figure represents a mahasiddha a tantric teacher revered for having achieved siddhi or perfections A group of eighty four mahasiddhas was revered by both Hindus and Buddhists Two of them Matsyendranatha and Gorakhnatha became the foci of cults in Nepal This figure was likely part of a 12th century altar devoted to one of these mahasiddhas It evidently was revered for quite some time as the rubbing associated with devotional practice has rendered its surface features quite muted Exhibitions Desire and Devotion Art from India Nepal and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection The Walters Art Museum Baltimore Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Albuquerque Museum Albuquerque Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham 2001 2003 Provenance Gantan Shaka Kathmandu Nepal John and Berthe Ford Baltimore Winter 1974 by purchase Walters Art Museum 2007 by gift Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford 2007 Download Image Add to

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/37055/a-tantric-yogin/ (2016-02-18)
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