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Man and centaur
Man and centaur

Crafted in the Geometric period, this sculpture would have been offered to a god at an ancient Greek sanctuary.

Situ Panchen
Situ Panchen

Scholar Situ Panchen is portrayed in a long lineage of transmitters of the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition.

Model of the Mahabodhi Temple
Model of the Mahabodhi Temple

More than a replica of Mahabodhi Temple, this model symbolizes the most important event in the Buddha’s life: achieving enlightenment.

Handheld Prayer Wheel
Handheld Prayer Wheel

Filled with scrolls of Buddhist mantras, this prayer wheel boosts the merit of its user.

Lobsang Drubjam Tsering, <em>Medicine Buddha Palace</em>
Lobsang Drubjam Tsering, Medicine Buddha Palace

Filled with detailed illustrations of figures, buildings, and medicinal plants, this painting is meant to instruct medical students in Tibet.

<em>The Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso (1617–1682) with Previous Incarnations</em>
The Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso (1617–1682) with Previous Incarnations

Delicate red lines stand out against the shimmering golden surface of this painting of the Fifth Dalai Lama.

<em>Ushnishavijaya and Celebration of Old Age (Jyatha Janko)</em>
Ushnishavijaya and Celebration of Old Age (Jyatha Janko)

One of the ways that Newar culture celebrates elders is through this specially commissioned painting.

Panjaranatha Mahakala
Panjaranatha Mahakala

With sharp fangs and hair of flames, the Buddhist deity Mahakala is invoked for military and political success.

Wheel of Existence
Wheel of Existence

The Wheel of Existence expresses the cyclical nature of life manifested in various forms, all under the grip of the Lord of Death.

Elizabeth Catlett, <em>Invisible Man</em>
Elizabeth Catlett, Invisible Man

Celebrating the novelist Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man also testifies to Catlett’s lifelong artistic commitment to the struggles of Black Americans.

Theaster Gates, <em>In Case of Race Riot II</em>
Theaster Gates, In Case of Race Riot II

Drawing on Minimalist forms, Gates provokes active reflection on the social lives of the objects he employs.

Dedication Page (colophon), with Blanche of Castile and King Louis IX of France, Saint Louis Bible (Moralized Bible or Bible moralisée)
Dedication Page (colophon), with Blanche of Castile and King Louis IX of France, Saint Louis Bible (Moralized Bible or Bible moralisée)

This visually dazzling manuscript helped lift King Louis IX to sainthood. A dedication page shows the book’s illuminator at work.