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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 252

The MET : Gallery 252 : Arts of Tibet and Nepal

Art From Us Museum Guide #570

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #570 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 252. Showcasing a collection of Arts of Tibet and Nepal. 

The three works in focus are :

  1. The Bodhisattva Padmapani Lokeshvara, from the 11th -12th century.
  2. Shiva seated with Parvati, from the 11th century.
  3. Durga as slayer of the buffalo demon Mahishasura, 14th – 15th century.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us Museum Guide #570

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #570.

Seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 252 are artefacts and objects of ritual originating from the Tibetan and Nepalese belt of South Asia. The predominant religions of these two regions are Hinduism and Buddhism and the objects shown above draw references from these.

Hinduism and Buddhism, though apparently originating from the same geographical belt differ greatly in terms of root, practice, deity and many other aspects. However, there are a few principles and concepts that are common to both. Arguably the most important philosophy or belief the two religions share is that of reincarnation. Both Hindus and Buddhists believe that life in the material realm is merely one of the many states of existence that a soul experiences, it is not the ultimate truth. Followers of both paths equally believe that the spiritual goal is to be ultimately be liberated from the birth-death cycle. Such liberation may only be achieved by living this life in service of society, and in worship of the Divine.

The objects presented in Art From Us, Museum Guide #570 and other objects in this gallery elegantly draw parallels and highlight differences between two cultures that co-exist in the same region.

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