Buddhist statue of a nahan. Stoneware with iron-brown decoration under celadon glaze. Dimensions: H: 17.8 cm; W: 8.6 cm; D: 7 cm. Credit Line: Gift of Edna Bahr, 1962 Accession Number: 62.97.9, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Buddhist art of central Thailand was associated with the prosperous kingdom of Dvaravati. Its patrons created large-scale public art, which served as an expression of state identity, represented by the most monumental works in this exhibition: stone Buddhas, sacred wheels of the Buddha's Law, and narrative steles and reliefs. | Dharmachakra (Wheel of the Law), 8th century. Central Thailand. Lent by Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand (11/2524). #LostKingdoms
Enthroned Buddha, late 6th–7th century. Southern Vietnam. Lent by National Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh City (BTMT 186) | This sophisticated rendering of the enthroned Buddha seated in bhadrasana (with pendant legs) is the only known example from the Mekong region of this Buddha type popularized in the Mon territories of seventh- and eighth-century Thailand. #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