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  • Art of the Week
July 13, 2016

Vajrabhairava is one of the most important deities of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism, which has dominated Mongolian religious life in recent centuries. This sculpture is [...]

Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje
May 25, 2016

This painting depicts Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Black Hat Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. A partly effaced inscription suggests that this painting was [...]

Namka Palzang
May 18, 2016

This painting portrays the teacher Namkha Palzang (1398–1425) of Ralung Monastery in Tsang Province, western-central Tibet, and belongs to a [...]

Naga Mandala Assembly
May 11, 2016

Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley has long been a center of art making, and thus a number of objects from there that give insight into the artistic process have been preserved. Among these are [...]

Major Events of the Buddha’s Life
May 4, 2016

The northeastern Indian village of Bodhgaya, the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment, was and continues to be an important pilgrimage site. While in Bodhgaya some [...]

Mask of Begtse
April 27, 2016

Begtse (Mongolian: Jamsaran) is the protector of the leader of Mongolian Buddhism, the Bogda Gegeen, and thus plays a prominent role in [...]

Machig Labdron
April 20, 2016

Machig Labdron (1055–1153), one of the most prominent female masters and lineage holders in Tibetan Buddhism, appears deified in this painting as a [...]

Goddess of Long Life Ushnishavijaya
April 13, 2016

Here the eight-armed goddess of long life Ushnishavijaya sits framed by an ornate stupa. An inscription on the back follows the [...]

Chakhar Mongol Headdress
April 6, 2016

This woman’s headdress (Mongolian: djasal) comes from one of the eight banners of Chakhar (Chahar) in central Inner Mongolia. The frame is a [...]

Black Cloak Mahakala
March 30, 2016

The subject of this simple yet expressive painting is Black Cloak Mahakala, the special protector of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, and their [...]

Chakrasamvara in Union with Vajravarahi
March 23, 2016

Chakrasamvara is the primary meditation deity (yidam) of the various Kagyu Schools of Tibetan Buddhism and is also [...]

Cosmological Scroll
March 16, 2016

This eight-panel, double-sided scroll presents diagrams exploring various aspects of the cosmos as described in the [...]