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Dream Logic by
Joseph Scheier-Dolberg
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Shitao (Chinese): Returning Home

This is a guy who’s asking the question, “Who am I, and what am I supposed to do with my life?”
#85
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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The Dark Lord by
Kurt Behrendt
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Mahakala, Protector of the Tent [Central Tibet, Sakya Order]

It not only grabs my attention and pulls me into this alternate reality, but it plays very much with issues that I find threatening.
#81
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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She by
Jason Sun
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Figure of a Seated Court Lady [China]

It also tells us a lot about human nature, about this constant and eternal pursuit of beauty.
#79
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Eternity by
Maxwell K. Hearn
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Fang Congyi (Chinese): Cloudy Mountain

We’ve gone from the solid world into this confrontation with the ultimate emptiness of life.
#71
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Metaphorical by
Shi-yee Liu
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Liang Kai (Chinese): Poet Strolling by a Marshy Bank

He’s playing on the idea of the deceptive nature of what can be seen on the surface.
#68
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Blazing Saddle by
Donald La Rocca
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Saddle (gser sga) [Tibetan, Derge]

This tradition of highly decorative saddles continues uninterrupted in Tibet for at least a thousand years.
#66
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Stubborn by
Sinéad Vilbar
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Fudõ Myõõ (Achala-vidyãrãja) [Japan]

He’s like the bouncer of Buddhism.
#59
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Paradox by
Maryam Ekhtiar
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Goa Stone and Gold Case [India, Goa]

Works of art aren’t what they seem always.
#48
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Gratitude by
J. Kenneth Moore
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Goto Teijo (Japanese): Koto

This object has art, it has music, it’s got myth, but behind all that there’s a very human story.
#46
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Startled by
John Carpenter
, curator

Kohei Nawa (Japanese): PixCell-Deer#24

Your perception of reality, your normal expectations of how you view things, is completely confounded.
#39
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Divinity by
Denise Leidy
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Arhat (Luohan) [China]

It looks like someone you might know, someone you might talk to.
#37
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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In Conversation by
Ellenor Alcorn
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Ewer [English, London and Chinese]

The whole world is encapsulated in one piece.
#34
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Open-Minded by
Navina Haidar
, curator

"Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan to Shelter the Villagers of Braj," Folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna)) [Present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore]

One of the great masterpieces of world art was really given rise to by the openness of the Muslim mind.
#10
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Pensive by
Soyoung Lee
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Pensive Bodhisattva [Korea]

It is a figure that is contemplating and invites me to come and think with it.
#8
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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