Buddha Shakyamuni and Prajnaparamita This is a leaf from a “Prajnaparamita” (Perfection of Wisdom) manuscript. The text, written in Tibetan language and script, is a translation of a Sanskrit text that was produced in India as much as a thousand years earlier. The translation of hundreds and hundreds of texts into Tibetan was an immense cultural achievement.
On the left appears the Buddha Shakyamuni on the night of his enlightenment at Bodhgaya. The tree under which he was enlightened appears above the temple. The goddess at right is Prajnaparamita, a personification of the text or an embodiment of its words. This is the first leaf. The last leaf includes a statement that this sacred object was commissioned by two children for the use of their parents, following their rebirth on earth.
Ashinaga (Long Legs) A carved antler sashi netsuke of Ashinaga carrying an octopus and a fish.
Mandala of Padmavati This is a rare and unusual example if a three-dimensional mandala of the Jain goddess Padmavati, identified by a Devanagari inscription on the front base. The inscription is certainly a later addition by someone who was not familiar with the Kannada language of Karnataka. A comparison of stylistic features from the region (Pal 1994, nos. 67-69) suggests that the mandala is of Karnataka origin. Apart from the similar figural forms and modeling, the design of the throne back and the nimbus are especially distinctive of Karnataka.
Belt Ornament in the Form of a Tiger
Bust of Apollo This piece is on a plaster base painted in imitation of marble.
Map of the Coastlines and the Islands of the Adriatic Sea This folio from Walters manuscript W.658 contains a map of the coastlines and the islands of the Adriatic Sea (here given as the Gulf of Venice, Venedik Kurfazi).
Portrait of a Woman, said to be from South Carolina This portrait was set into a brooch by L. Siddons of Charleston, South Carolina in June 1853. The portrait is said to be a woman of that state painted in Paris. It has been suggested the portrait may be by the French miniaturist Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin.
Eaves Tile with Celestial Adorant
Initial C with Two Clerics at a Lectern; Hybrid Animal in Margins
MICA Intro to GD @thewaltersartmuseum in Book Bindings from The Glided Age. by vennea via http://bit.ly/1hsFJxW