Borobudur, Java, Indonesia
A 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument.
Demons on an Elephant with Nan Brah Dharani, the Earth Goddess, Wringing Water from Her Hair
Cambodia, Late 12th-early 13th century
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ajanta Caves, India
These caves date back as early as 200 BC, and are known for their beautiful stonework, paintings, and architecture. It is said that they were abandoned in the 7th century AD when Buddhism began declining all over India. The caves are some of the oldest known Buddhist temples and shrines and are still considered sacred. All interior spaces and architectural design, as well as statues and stonework on the walls were created by chiseling away at and removing rock from the mountainside. Engineers today have no explanation as to how it was cut from the 70 foot high granite cliff over 2000 years ago.
More info on the Wiki site….amazing.
Wat Rong Khun (Thai: วัดร่องขุ่น) is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist and Hindu temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Construction began in 1997,finished in 2008.
Buddha, Northwest India or Pakistan, Kushan Period, 2nd-3rd century
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Located in the Art before 1300 Gallery
Sculpture of Tara (Tibetan female counterpart of Chenrizig, the Tibetan name for Avelokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion )
Tibeto-Chinese in style.
In Bylakuppe India, site of two adjacent Tibetan refugee settlements, as well as a number of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
History is a Click Away - 23 Historic Manuscripts Available Online
Like Mozart’s composition notebook above, The Atlantic looks at 23 rare and beautiful texts available for you to peruse online.
(via The Atlantic)
I just can’t resist listing some of them:
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notes
The Notes of William Blake
The only surviving piece of the earliest draft of the Declaration of Independence
The final draft, handwritten by Thomas Jefferson
The earliest edition of Alice’s Adventures Underground
De Humani Corporis Fabrica of 1543, an influential book in early Western medicine
Jane Austin’s History of England, written as a parody when she was 15
The still-undeciphered 15th century Voynich Manuscript
The 125 BC Dead Sea Scrolls
A 10th century edition of The Iliad
The Magna Carta
Sultan Baybar’s early 14th century Koran, written in gold
The Hebrew Bible in Lisbon of 1482
The 15th century Gutenberg Bible
The Diamond Sutra, the world’s earliest, dated, printed book, dating to 868 AD
A 17th century copy of the Ethiopic Bible
The 7th century Lindisfarne Gospels.
A 15th century edition of The Canterbury Tales
The earliest quarto of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Statue of “Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan-Yin) Performing a Miracle” in: Mueang Boran (Ancient City), Bangkok Thailand.