Aizen Mandala (愛染曼荼羅)
Mary Griggs Burke assembled an unparalleled collection of Asian art — more than one thousand Japanese, Chinese and Korean masterworks spanning five millennia — between 1963 and 2012.
Plaque with the Image of Amitabha Triad
This plate is embossed with an image of the Amitabha Buddha flanked by two attendants. The plate, created by hammering softly from the back of the metal sheet, highlights the advanced metalworking
A Crowned Bodhisattva Head and its type.
I recently acquired the exceptional Chinese Northern Qi head of a Crowned Bodhisattva, seen in the images below. It is large, just over life sized, intact as far as the head itself goes, with only a bit of the top of the crown missing and the side ribbons. In addition to being relatively intact the surfaces are very well preserved with extensive remains of the gold leaf preserved along with polychromy. The lips preserve their original carmine red, and bits of color remain on the crown. It is…
The artistic excellence of this bodhisattva is further reinforced by comparable outstanding Chinese Buddhist sculptures excavated at Qingzhou in Shandong Province in 1996—one of the most sensational
A Bosatsu (Bodhisattva in Sanskrit) is a being that has attained enlightenment but has compassionately refrained from entering nirvana in order to save others. As an attendant of Buddha, Bosatsu
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Tibetan Buddhist Art: Enlightenment
exhibition Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, on view through August 18 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The Three Protectors of Tibet (detail), 2008, Tsherin Sherpa (Nepalese, born 1968), ink and colors on cotton. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Acquisition made possible by the Tibetan Study Group, 2016.305. © Tsherin Sherpa. Photo © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.