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The bodhisattva Manjushri

anonymous, c. 800 - c. 900, sculpture, AK-MAK-240

In China, Manjushri is venerated as one of the first advocates of Buddhism. On Java he appears as a young man wearing straps of jewellery across his chest. This Manjushri is probably gesturing the turning of the wheel of wisdom: this symbolises the start of the Buddhist cycle of learning and the…

On display in Asian pavilion, room 1

Shiva Nataraja

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, sculpture, AK-MAK-187

Shiva is depicted here as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), standing in a ring of fire in the anandatandava position. He is both the creator and destroyer of the world. He is standing on a dwarf, symbolising ignorance. Richly decorated bronze statues of Hindu gods like this are carried in processions…

On display in Asian pavilion, room 1

Guanyin

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, sculpture, AK-MAK-84

The Buddhist deity Guanyin, who rescues people in need, is shown here meditating, seated on a rock. According to legend, he was once discovered in this position, meditating on the moon’s reflection in the water - in Buddhism a symbol of illusion and transience. His pose and facial expression embody…

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, sculpture, AK-RAK-2007-1-B

These guards stand at the entrance to a temple to ward off evil. They are holding a vajra, with which to crush ignorance. Their open and shut mouths represent the first and last letters of the Japanese script: A and N: this symbolises the totality of sounds and letters, of knowledge. Worshippers who…

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, sculpture, AK-RAK-2007-1-A

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

The Buddha Amida

anonymous, c. 1125 - c. 1175, sculpture, AK-MAK-294

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

The bodhisattva Maitreya

anonymous, c. 200 - c. 300, sculpture, AK-MAK-1188

On display in Asian pavilion, room 1

Sleeping Vishnu

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1300, sculpture, AK-MAK-224

On display in Asian pavilion, room 1

The bodhisattva Maitreya

anonymous, 500 - 525, sculpture, AK-MAK-71

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

Three-headed Vishnu

anonymous, anonymous, c. 750 - c. 825, sculpture, AK-RAK-1990-3

On display in Asian pavilion, room 1