Location: The Met





Water-Moon Avalokiteśvara, first half of the 14th century, ink and color on silk, image 114.5 x 55.6 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
This exquisite example of a Goryeo Buddhist painting depicts the bodhisattva on his mountain-island abode.

Water-Moon Avalokiteśvara





izō Bosatsu, late 12th to mid-13th century, Kamakura period, Japan, wood with lacquer, gold leaf, cutout gold foil decoration, and color, 181.6 x 72.4 x 57.4 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
This boyish bodhisattva reminds us that through humble bearing, we can spiritually blossom—like a lotus flower.

Jizō Bosatsu




Inverse-face beaker
Feline fangs, rather than human teeth, suggest that this figure is either supernatural or in contact with deities.

Inverse-Face Beaker


Detail, Picabia, "Here, This Is Stieglitz Here"
Though Picabia borrows from the popular machine aesthetic, nothing about his apparatus is functional.

Francis Picabia, Ideal





This pot stood above a grave, and the female mourners depicted on it tear out their hair in grief.

Terracotta Krater



This fabulously-dressed mirror-bearer imitates the humans who performed this function in the royal courts.

Mirror-Bearer