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Cauldron Magnets Wicked   No 2802  Free by ElegantlyEnchanting, $7.99

Cauldron Magnets Wicked No 2802 Free by ElegantlyEnchanting, $7.99

Garuda, first half of the 7th century. Western Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok (1406/2504) | The mythical human-bird Garuda is intimately associated with Vishnu, serving as the god’s celestial vehicle, and he also has a generic function as a defender of faith. At the Buddhist site of Khu Bua, Garuda must be understood as a protector of the Buddha and the Buddha’s dharma. #LostKingdoms

Garuda, first half of the 7th century. Western Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok (1406/2504) | The mythical human-bird Garuda is intimately associated with Vishnu, serving as the god’s celestial vehicle, and he also has a generic function as a defender of faith. At the Buddhist site of Khu Bua, Garuda must be understood as a protector of the Buddha and the Buddha’s dharma. #LostKingdoms

Portrait of the Indian Monk Atisha, early to mid-12th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1993 (1993.479) | The Indian monk Atisha was ordained at Bodhgaya and the abbot of the vast Vikramashila monastery before traveling to Tibet in 1042. This is the earliest portrait of this great scholar; it was done in Tibet several generations after his death. #Buddhism

Portrait of the Indian Monk Atisha, early to mid-12th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1993 (1993.479) | The Indian monk Atisha was ordained at Bodhgaya and the abbot of the vast Vikramashila monastery before traveling to Tibet in 1042. This is the earliest portrait of this great scholar; it was done in Tibet several generations after his death. #Buddhism

Buddha in Meditation under a Seven-Headed Naga, 7th century. Central Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok (DV9) | This seated Buddha, deep in meditation, is protected by a seven-headed naga (snake). The Buddha is flanked by two cylindrical stupas (stupa kumbha) with multiple umbrellas, emblematic of Buddha relics. #LostKingdoms

Buddha in Meditation under a Seven-Headed Naga, 7th century. Central Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok (DV9) | This seated Buddha, deep in meditation, is protected by a seven-headed naga (snake). The Buddha is flanked by two cylindrical stupas (stupa kumbha) with multiple umbrellas, emblematic of Buddha relics. #LostKingdoms

Vishnu, first half of the 9th century. Central Cambodia. Lent by Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet, Paris (MG18860) | A series of single-cell brick sanctuary temples on Phnom Kulen built during the reign of Khmer king Jayavarman II are associated with a small corpus of important sculptures, including this Vishnu. Stylistically, it marks the moment of transition from the pre-Angkorian world to the beginnings of the Angkorian period. #LostKingdoms

Vishnu, first half of the 9th century. Central Cambodia. Lent by Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet, Paris (MG18860) | A series of single-cell brick sanctuary temples on Phnom Kulen built during the reign of Khmer king Jayavarman II are associated with a small corpus of important sculptures, including this Vishnu. Stylistically, it marks the moment of transition from the pre-Angkorian world to the beginnings of the Angkorian period. #LostKingdoms

Enthroned Buddha Vairocana, late 8th–9th century. Southern Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok, donated by Khun Phoomopayakkhet in 1927 | Lent by National Museum, Bangkok, donated by Khun Phoomopayakkhet in 1927. #LostKingdoms

Enthroned Buddha Vairocana, late 8th–9th century. Southern Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok, donated by Khun Phoomopayakkhet in 1927 | Lent by National Museum, Bangkok, donated by Khun Phoomopayakkhet in 1927. #LostKingdoms

During the late eighth century, a new expression of the savior bodhisattva appeared in Southeast Asia, inspired by developments in India that promoted esoteric forms of Buddhism. |  Buddhist Protectress Mahapratisara, 9th century. Western Indonesia. Lent by Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.84 #LostKingdoms

During the late eighth century, a new expression of the savior bodhisattva appeared in Southeast Asia, inspired by developments in India that promoted esoteric forms of Buddhism. | Buddhist Protectress Mahapratisara, 9th century. Western Indonesia. Lent by Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.84 #LostKingdoms

Buddha Riding a Peacock" to "Buddha, possibly Amitabha (Amituo), on a Peacock Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Buddha Riding a Peacock" to "Buddha, possibly Amitabha (Amituo), on a Peacock Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Lotus Base with Squatting Gana Figure, ca. early 8th century. Central Thailand. Lent by Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Ayutthaya, Thailand (5/6 CH) | This pedestal, a rarity in Dvaravati art, shows a familiar motif in early Indian Buddhism: an obese dwarf supporting emblems of the conquering faith. #LostKingdoms

Lotus Base with Squatting Gana Figure, ca. early 8th century. Central Thailand. Lent by Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Ayutthaya, Thailand (5/6 CH) | This pedestal, a rarity in Dvaravati art, shows a familiar motif in early Indian Buddhism: an obese dwarf supporting emblems of the conquering faith. #LostKingdoms

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