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深大寺釈迦如来倚像:明治42年、元三大師堂の壇下で柴田常恵によって発見され、一躍注目を浴びるようになった。深大寺は玄奘(西遊記・三蔵法師のモデル)の守護神・深沙大王に因む、浅草寺に次ぐ東京の古刹。なお、柴田氏の資料は現在國學院大蔵。

深大寺釈迦如来倚像:明治42年、元三大師堂の壇下で柴田常恵によって発見され、一躍注目を浴びるようになった。深大寺は玄奘(西遊記・三蔵法師のモデル)の守護神・深沙大王に因む、浅草寺に次ぐ東京の古刹。なお、柴田氏の資料は現在國學院大蔵。

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.

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.

Fudō Myōō (Achala-vidyārāja), 12th century. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975 (1975.268.163) | Fudō Myōō uses his sword to cut through ignorance and his lasso to reign in those who would block the path to enlightenment. #sword

Fudō Myōō (Achala-vidyārāja), 12th century. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975 (1975.268.163) | Fudō Myōō uses his sword to cut through ignorance and his lasso to reign in those who would block the path to enlightenment. #sword

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

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

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

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

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

Head of an Attendant Bodhisattva -- Northern Qi Dynasty -- Circa 550–577 -- China

Head of an Attendant Bodhisattva -- Northern Qi Dynasty -- Circa 550–577 -- China