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A gold fish pendant. Egyptian Middle Kingdom c. 2030-1650 B.C. (Photo: courtesy of National Museums Scotland). This piece will be part of the Metropolitan Museum's fall exhibit, "Artistic Achievements of the Middle Kingdom."
Eleven-Headed Kannon (Ekadashamukha)
Japan Nanbokuchô period (1336–92) 13th–14th century Wood with lacquer and gold-leaf decoration; inlaid crystal eyes The eleven-headed form of the bodhisattva Kannon wasone of the first deities of Esoteric Buddhism to be worshiped in Japan. Ten of his heads are in the form of bodhisattvas. The eleventh, the topmost, is that of Amida (Sanskrit: Amitâbha), the Buddha of which Kannon is considered an emanation. The eleven heads symbolize Kannon's ability to see suffering in all corners of the…
Bodhidharma in meditation | China | Ming dynasty (1368–1644) | The Met
Bodhidharma (Damo in Chinese), the foreign monk credited with founding the Chan (or Zen) tradition of East Asian Buddhism, is here identified by his bald head, meditative posture, and monastic clothing
3,300-year-old Mycenaean tomb and precious artifacts found in Central Greece
Archaeologists have announced the discovery of a vaulted Mycenaean tomb near Amfissa, central Greece, containing human remains and a hoard of treasures.