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Kamadeva, the God of Love. India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir). Second half of the 8th century. Though rarely represented in Kashmiri art, Kama, the god of love, is here identified by a wondrous mythical creature (makara), who spews arrows from its jaws. The bow and arrow and a pair of lovebirds are Kamadeva’s principal identifiers. This subject is a rare survivor from early medieval Kashmir.

Chan Patriarch Bodhidharma Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 17th century China. Porcelain with ivory glaze (Fujian Province; Dehua ware) Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Kaikei (Japanese, active 1183–1223). Fudō Myōō, early 13th century. Kamakura period (1185–1333). Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015. (2015.300.252a, b) | This work is exhibited in the “Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection” exhibition, on view through January 22, 2017 #AsianArt100

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

Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) Period: Northern Qi dynasty (550–577) Date: ca. 550–560 Culture: China Medium: Sandstone with pigment

Eleven-Headed Kannon (Ekadashamukha) : Nanbokuchô period (1336–92) 13th–14th century, Japan / Wood with lacquer and gold-leaf decoration; inlaid crystal eyes