Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara (Sahasrabhuja Avalokiteshvara)

Iconography refers to the objects and symbols used to identify and understand a work of art. Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara is a complex sculpture fully incorporated with Tibetan Buddhist iconography. Touch the spots on this image to unlock the secrets of Avalokiteshvara!

Japanese Edo Period Courtesan Fashion

This print depicting three beautiful ladies belongs to a popular genre of Edo Period (1615-1868) Japanese woodblock prints known as bijinga (pictures of beautiful people). Bijinga are idealized images of the courtesans and kabuki actors who lived and worked in the pleasure districts of Japan’s capital, Edo (present-day, Tokyo). These prints not only served as […]

Tibetan Wheel of Existence

Iconography refers to the objects and symbols used to identify and understand a work of art. This Tibetan Wheel of Existence is a complex painting fully incorporated with Tibetan Buddhist iconography. Touch the spots on this image to unlock the secrets of The Wheel of Existence!

Tale of Genji Tea Screens

These two Japanese folding screens from the Edo period depict 12 of the 52 chapters from The Tale of Genji. The story was written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century during the Heian period and is considered the world’s first novel. The novel follows the relationships of the legendary and famously amorous Prince […]

Shiva and Parvati (Uma-Maheshvara)

Iconography refers to the objects and symbols used to identify and understand a work of art. Shiva and Parvati is a complex sculpture fully incorporated with Hindu iconography. Touch the spots on this image to unlock the secrets of Uma-Maheshvara!

Shiva Nataraja

Iconography refers to the objects and symbols used to identify and understand a work of art. Shiva Nataraja is a complex sculpture fully incorporated with Hindu iconography. Touch the spots on this image to unlock the secrets of Shiva!

How to Identify the Buddha

Iconography refers to the objects and symbols used to identify and understand a work of art. Buddha from Gandhara is a complex sculpture fully incorporated with Buddhist iconography. Touch the spots on this image to unlock the secrets on how to identify an image of the Buddha!