Relics

Curator of South and Southeast Asian art John Guy on how relics help him understand the very beginnings of great traditions.

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  • John Guy
    1280851
  • Reliquary Cross  |  ca. 1180  |  Made in Limoges, France  |  Silver gilt, rock crystal, glass cabochons; wood core  |  Purchase, Michel David-Weill Gift, The Cloisters Collection, and Mme. Robert Gras Gift, in memory of Dr. Robert Gras, 2002 (2002.18)
    7111024
  • Reliquary Shrine  |  second quarter of 14th century  |  Attributed to Jean de Touyl (French)  |  Made in Paris  |  Gilt-silver, translucent enamel, paint  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.96)
    12801012
  • Reliquary Shrine  |  second quarter of 14th century  |  Attributed to Jean de Touyl (French)  |  Made in Paris  |  Gilt-silver, translucent enamel, paint  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.96)
    1280984
  • Stained-Glass Panel  |  ca. 1245–1248  |  France, Tours, Ambulatory of the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien  |  Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1937 (37.173.3)
    6531024
  • Reliquary Casket with Scenes from the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket  |  ca. 1173–1180  |  English or German  |  Silver with niello, gemstone  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.520)
    1280960
  • Chalice, Paten, and Straw  |  ca. 1230–1250  |  German  |  Silver, partly gilded; niello, jewels  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.26–29)
    12471024
  • The "Antioch Chalice"  |  first half of 6th century  |  Byzantine; Made in Antioch or Kaper Koraon (?)  |  Silver, silver-gilt  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1950 (50.4)
    8791024
  • Section of a Portable Linga with Shiva and Parvati  |  7th century  |  India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)  |  Chlorite  |  Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.66)
    8271024
  • Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Expounding the Dharma to a Devotee: Folio from a Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra Manuscript  |  Pala period, 12th century  |  Mahavihara Master (Bengali)  |  Opaque watercolor on palm leaf  |  Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445f)
    1280247
  • Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Expounding the Dharma to a Devotee: Folio from a Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra Manuscript  |  Pala period, 12th century  |  Mahavihara Master (Bengali)  |  Opaque watercolor on palm leaf  |  Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445f)
    1280529
  • Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Expounding the Dharma to a Devotee: Folio from a Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra Manuscript  |  Pala period, 12th century  |  Mahavihara Master (Bengali)  |  Opaque watercolor on palm leaf  |  Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445f)
    1280740
  • Reliquary Bust of Saint Juliana  |  ca. 1376  |  Circle of Giovanni di Bartolo (Italian)  |  Copper, gilding, gesso, and tempera paint  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.266)
    8211024
  • Reliquary Arm  |  ca. 1230  |  South Netherlandish  |  Silver over oak; hand: bronze-gilt; appliqué plaques: silver-gilt, niello and cabochon stones  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.33)
    7581024
  • Reliquary Bust of Saint Yrieix  |  second quarter of 13th century  |  France, Limousin, Church of Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche  |  Gilded silver, rock crystal, gems, glass, originally over walnut core with silver leaf and gesso on interior  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.352a,b)
    7491024
  • Reliquary Bust of Saint Yrieix  |  second quarter of 13th century  |  France, Limousin, Church of Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche  |  Gilded silver, rock crystal, gems, glass, originally over walnut core with silver leaf and gesso on interior  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.352a,b)
    7991024
  • Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa (Relic Mound)  |  ca. 4th–5th century  |  Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)  |  Bronze  |  Gilded copper, rock crystal, glass, and parchment  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Bruckmann, 1985 (1985.387a, b)
    6201024
  • Bon Stupa  |  ca. 15th century  |  Tibet  |  Gilt-copper alloy  |  Lent by Anthony d'Offay (SL.20.2010.3.11)
    7761024
  • Bookcover with scenes from the life of the Buddha  |  ca. first half of 10th century  |  India or Nepal  |  Ink and color on wood, with metal insets  |  Gift of The Kronos Collections and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay, 1979 (1979.511)
    1280411
  • Bookcover with scenes from the life of the Buddha  |  ca. first half of 10th century  |  India or Nepal  |  Ink and color on wood, with metal insets  |  Gift of The Kronos Collections and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay, 1979 (1979.511)
    1280502
  • Bookcover with scenes from the life of the Buddha  |  ca. first half of 10th century  |  India or Nepal  |  Ink and color on wood, with metal insets  |  Gift of The Kronos Collections and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay, 1979 (1979.511)
    1280487
  • Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by King Indravarman  |  5–6 a.d.  |  Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur)  |  Schist  |  Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.70a, b)
    9861024
  • Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by Ramaka  |  1st century a.d.  |  Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur)  |  Schist  |  Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.71a, b)
    9031024
  • Reliquary  |  Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)  |  China  |  Cloisonné enamel and bronze  |  Bequest of Edward G. Kennedy, 1932 (33.40.67)
    6871024
  • Reliquary Figure  |  19th–20th century  |  Kota peoples; Gabon  |  Wood, copper, brass  |  Purchase, The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, by exchange, 1983 (1983.18)
    6911024
  • Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan)  |  Kamakura period (1185–1333), 14th century  |  Unidentified artist  |  Kyoto, Japan  |  Hanging scroll; ink, gold, and color on silk  |  Rogers Fund, 1912 (12.134.10)
    9611024
  • Tower Reliquary with Eight Apostles and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists  |  ca. 1200–1250  |  Made in Cologne, Germany  |  Ivory, gilt copper alloy, wood core  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.230a, b)
    7681024
  • The Journey of the Magi  |  ca. 1435  |  Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Sienese)  |  Tempera and gold on wood  |  Maitland F. Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, 1943 (43.98.1)
    1280961
  • The Journey of the Magi  |  ca. 1435  |  Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Sienese)  |  Tempera and gold on wood  |  Maitland F. Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, 1943 (43.98.1)
    1280925
  • Reliquary Pendant  |  1174–1177  |  English  |  Gold  |  Pulitzer Bequest Fund, 1963 (63.160)
    8221024
  • Model of the Mahabodhi Temple  |  Pala period, 12th century  |  India  |  Stone  |  Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, 2006 (2006.218)
    7901024
  • Model of the Mahabodhi Temple  |  Pala period, 12th century  |  India  |  Stone  |  Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, 2006 (2006.218)
    7901024
  • Model of the Mahabodhi Temple  |  Pala period, 12th century  |  India  |  Stone  |  Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, 2006 (2006.218)
    7901024
  • John Guy
    1280852
  • I'm John Guy, I'm the curator for India and southeast Asia here at the Met. My topic is "Relics."

  • I connect relics and ritual strongly in my mind. I'd have to take that back to my boyhood years when I served as an altar

  • boy in a rather High Church of England, serving at altar, officiating

  • with communion. I found that whole process so formal and so structured. It was required that

  • you would not take breakfast before presenting communion. On occasions, I found myself slipping to the floor with a momentary lapse of consciousness.

  • So concerned with otherworldly things, things beyond the mundane. It formulated my mind very early that

  • objects had enormous power. The communion cup and the tray become the catalyst for this

  • transmigration. I think it's set my mind on this path and made me receptive to when I came across other powerful objects.

  • I've devoted most of my professional working life to the ancient arts of the Hindu/Buddhist world. That's necessitated extensive travel.

  • And that in itself gives further opportunities to go to these great places which just resonate.

  • I have a little mantra that I operate by, which is I will not lecture or speak about a place that I've not

  • been to. I think it's terribly important to have actually experienced the place, even if what is there today is a mere shadow or if there's even very little trace of what made this place important a thousand years ago. The issue of the

  • container versus the contents in reliquaries is a very interesting one. Some of the medieval objects were

  • expressly made to enshrine a physical part of the body of a saint. It might be the forearm and hand

  • or it may be a skull. And these were literal encasements.

  • They mimicked the form of the bodily part. The containers themselves are very potent.

  • In the Indian world, the reliquaries are miniatures of architecture, in which relics of the Buddha and his disciples

  • were placed. You see the stupa, you see the Buddha. They're synonymous.

  • Even the teachings of the great figures in history becomes an object of worship

  • in its own right. If it had been used for study and citation

  • it would not be in this condition. Some of these

  • Indian stone relics, they often carry inscriptions indicating whose remains are contained in the relics. I had the privilege, recently, to speak a little to a group of monks. I recited

  • the names and there was this intake of air. They were totally riveted by this. The thing about relics

  • which I think is extraordinary, and what makes them I think so immediate and

  • contemporary, is they wire you in, they wire you straight in, right back

  • to the point of the Buddha's death, right back to when the relics of

  • Christ were scattered across early Europe. You're right back into this, the very beginnings of great traditions.

  • People want to visit holy places because it will somehow enrich them and empower them. They will be cleansed or in

  • some other way benefit by making pilgrimage. And so you get an industry of pilgrim souvenirs.

  • These might be little tiny paintings. They might be little talismans.

  • The Mahabodi Temple at Botgaya is the place of enlightenment and these little models were made for those who could not make the pilgrimage

  • who were not physically able or prosperous enough. These would allow you to experience a little of that spiritual power.

  • Here in New York all roads lead to the Metropolitan Museum. It's kind of the modern day equivalent of a pilgrimage route. A Mecca for

  • the twenty first century.

  • 2002.18
    Reliquary Cross, ca. 1180, Made in Limoges, France, Silver gilt, rock crystal, glass cabochons; wood core Purchase, Michel David-Weill Gift, The Cloisters Collection, and Mme. Robert Gras Gift, in memory of Dr. Robert Gras, 2002 (2002.18)
  • 62.96
    Reliquary Shrine, second quarter of 14th century, Attributed to Jean de Touyl (French), Made in Paris, Gilt-silver, translucent enamel, paint The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.96)
  • 37.173.3
    Stained-Glass Panel, ca. 1245–1248, France, Tours, Ambulatory of the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien, Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint The Cloisters Collection, 1937 (37.173.3)
  • 17.190.520
    Reliquary Casket with Scenes from the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket, ca. 1173–1180, English or German, Silver with niello, gemstone Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.520)
  • 47.101.26-29
    Chalice, Paten, and Straw, ca. 1230–1250, German, Silver, partly gilded; niello, jewels The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.26–29)
  • 50.4
    The "Antioch Chalice", first half of 6th century, Byzantine; Made in Antioch or Kaper Koraon (?), Silver, silver-gilt The Cloisters Collection, 1950 (50.4)
  • 1987.142.66
    Section of a Portable Linga with Shiva and Parvati, 7th century, India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir), Chlorite Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.66)
  • 2001.445f
    Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Expounding the Dharma to a Devotee: Folio from a Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra Manuscript, Pala period, 12th century, Mahavihara Master (Bengali), Opaque watercolor on palm leaf Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445f)
  • 61.266
    Reliquary Bust of Saint Juliana, ca. 1376, Circle of Giovanni di Bartolo (Italian), Copper, gilding, gesso, and tempera paint The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.266)
  • 47.101.33
    Reliquary Arm, ca. 1230, South Netherlandish, Silver over oak; hand: bronze-gilt; appliqué plaques: silver-gilt, niello and cabochon stones The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.33)
  • 17.190.352a,b
    Reliquary Bust of Saint Yrieix, second quarter of 13th century, France, Limousin, Church of Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, Gilded silver, rock crystal, gems, glass, originally over walnut core with silver leaf and gesso on interior Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.352a,b)
  • 1985.387a,b
    Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa (Relic Mound), ca. 4th–5th century, Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara), Bronze, Gilded copper, rock crystal, glass, and parchment Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Bruckmann, 1985 (1985.387a, b)
  • SL.20.2010.3.11
    Bon Stupa, ca. 15th century, Tibet, Gilt-copper alloy Lent by Anthony d'Offay (SL.20.2010.3.11)
  • 1979.511_av2
    Bookcover with scenes from the life of the Buddha, ca. first half of 10th century, India or Nepal, Ink and color on wood, with metal insets Gift of The Kronos Collections and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay, 1979 (1979.511)
  • 1987.142.70a,b
    Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by King Indravarman, 5–6 a.d., Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur), Schist Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.70a, b)
  • 1987.142.71a,b
    Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by Ramaka, 1st century a.d., Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur), Schist Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.71a, b)
  • 33.40.67
    Reliquary, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95), China, Cloisonné enamel and bronze Bequest of Edward G. Kennedy, 1932 (33.40.67)
  • 1983.18
    Reliquary Figure, 19th–20th century, Kota peoples; Gabon, Wood, copper, brass Purchase, The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, by exchange, 1983 (1983.18)
  • 12.134.10
    Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan), Kamakura period (1185–1333), 14th century, Unidentified artist, Kyoto, Japan, Hanging scroll; ink, gold, and color on silk Rogers Fund, 1912 (12.134.10)
  • 17.190.230a,b
    Tower Reliquary with Eight Apostles and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists, ca. 1200–1250, Made in Cologne, Germany, Ivory, gilt copper alloy, wood core Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.230a, b)
  • 43.98.1
    The Journey of the Magi, ca. 1435, Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Sienese), Tempera and gold on wood Maitland F. Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, 1943 (43.98.1)
  • 63.160
    Reliquary Pendant, 1174–1177, English, Gold Pulitzer Bequest Fund, 1963 (63.160)
  • 2006.218
    Model of the Mahabodhi Temple, Pala period, 12th century, India, Stone Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, 2006 (2006.218)
  • Reliquary Cross, ca. 1180, Made in Limoges, France, Silver gilt, rock crystal, glass cabochons; wood core Purchase, Michel David-Weill Gift, The Cloisters Collection, and Mme. Robert Gras Gift, in memory of Dr. Robert Gras, 2002 (2002.18)
    Reliquary Shrine, second quarter of 14th century, Attributed to Jean de Touyl (French), Made in Paris, Gilt-silver, translucent enamel, paint The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.96)
    Stained-Glass Panel, ca. 1245–1248, France, Tours, Ambulatory of the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien, Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint The Cloisters Collection, 1937 (37.173.3)
    Reliquary Casket with Scenes from the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket, ca. 1173–1180, English or German, Silver with niello, gemstone Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.520)
    Chalice, Paten, and Straw, ca. 1230–1250, German, Silver, partly gilded; niello, jewels The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.26–29)
    The "Antioch Chalice", first half of 6th century, Byzantine; Made in Antioch or Kaper Koraon (?), Silver, silver-gilt The Cloisters Collection, 1950 (50.4)
    Section of a Portable Linga with Shiva and Parvati, 7th century, India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir), Chlorite Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.66)
    Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Expounding the Dharma to a Devotee: Folio from a Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra Manuscript, Pala period, 12th century, Mahavihara Master (Bengali), Opaque watercolor on palm leaf Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445f)
    Reliquary Bust of Saint Juliana, ca. 1376, Circle of Giovanni di Bartolo (Italian), Copper, gilding, gesso, and tempera paint The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.266)
    Reliquary Arm, ca. 1230, South Netherlandish, Silver over oak; hand: bronze-gilt; appliqué plaques: silver-gilt, niello and cabochon stones The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.33)
    Reliquary Bust of Saint Yrieix, second quarter of 13th century, France, Limousin, Church of Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, Gilded silver, rock crystal, gems, glass, originally over walnut core with silver leaf and gesso on interior Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.352a,b)
    Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa (Relic Mound), ca. 4th–5th century, Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara), Bronze, Gilded copper, rock crystal, glass, and parchment Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Bruckmann, 1985 (1985.387a, b)
    Bon Stupa, ca. 15th century, Tibet, Gilt-copper alloy Lent by Anthony d'Offay (SL.20.2010.3.11)
    Bookcover with scenes from the life of the Buddha, ca. first half of 10th century, India or Nepal, Ink and color on wood, with metal insets Gift of The Kronos Collections and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay, 1979 (1979.511)
    Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by King Indravarman, 5–6 a.d., Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur), Schist Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.70a, b)
    Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by Ramaka, 1st century a.d., Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur), Schist Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.71a, b)
    Reliquary, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95), China, Cloisonné enamel and bronze Bequest of Edward G. Kennedy, 1932 (33.40.67)
    Reliquary Figure, 19th–20th century, Kota peoples; Gabon, Wood, copper, brass Purchase, The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, by exchange, 1983 (1983.18)
    Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan), Kamakura period (1185–1333), 14th century, Unidentified artist, Kyoto, Japan, Hanging scroll; ink, gold, and color on silk Rogers Fund, 1912 (12.134.10)
    Tower Reliquary with Eight Apostles and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists, ca. 1200–1250, Made in Cologne, Germany, Ivory, gilt copper alloy, wood core Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.230a, b)
    The Journey of the Magi, ca. 1435, Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Sienese), Tempera and gold on wood Maitland F. Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, 1943 (43.98.1)
    Reliquary Pendant, 1174–1177, English, Gold Pulitzer Bequest Fund, 1963 (63.160)
    Model of the Mahabodhi Temple, Pala period, 12th century, India, Stone Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, 2006 (2006.218)
    8000–2000 B.C.
    2000–1000 B.C.
    1000 B.C.–1 A.D.
    1–500 A.D.
    500–1000 A.D.
    1000–1400 A.D.
    1400–1600 A.D.
    1600–1800 A.D.
    1800–1900 A.D.
    1900–Present

    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    Reliquary Cross
    ca. 1180
    Made in Limoges, France
    Silver gilt, rock crystal, glass cabochons; wood core
    Purchase, Michel David-Weill Gift, The Cloisters Collection, and Mme. Robert Gras Gift, in memory of Dr. Robert Gras, 2002 (2002.18)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Reliquary Shrine
    second quarter of 14th century
    Attributed to Jean de Touyl (French)
    Made in Paris
    Gilt-silver, translucent enamel, paint
    The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.96)
    Not on view

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    Stained-Glass Panel
    ca. 1245–1248
    France, Tours, Ambulatory of the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien
    Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint
    The Cloisters Collection, 1937 (37.173.3)
    Not on view

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    Reliquary Casket with Scenes from the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket
    ca. 1173–1180
    English or German
    Silver with niello, gemstone
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.520)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Chalice, Paten, and Straw
    ca. 1230–1250
    German
    Silver, partly gilded; niello, jewels
    The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.26–29)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    The "Antioch Chalice"
    first half of 6th century
    Byzantine; Made in Antioch or Kaper Koraon (?)
    Silver, silver-gilt
    The Cloisters Collection, 1950 (50.4)
    On view: Gallery 300
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Section of a Portable Linga with Shiva and Parvati
    7th century
    India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
    Chlorite
    Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.66)
    On view: Gallery 237
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Expounding the Dharma to a Devotee: Folio from a Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra Manuscript
    Pala period, 12th century
    Mahavihara Master (Bengali)
    Opaque watercolor on palm leaf
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445f)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Reliquary Bust of Saint Juliana
    ca. 1376
    Circle of Giovanni di Bartolo (Italian)
    Copper, gilding, gesso, and tempera paint
    The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.266)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Reliquary Arm
    ca. 1230
    South Netherlandish
    Silver over oak; hand: bronze-gilt; appliqué plaques: silver-gilt, niello and cabochon stones
    The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.33)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 014

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    Reliquary Bust of Saint Yrieix
    second quarter of 13th century
    France, Limousin, Church of Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche
    Gilded silver, rock crystal, gems, glass, originally over walnut core with silver leaf and gesso on interior
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.352a,b)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa (Relic Mound)
    ca. 4th–5th century
    Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
    Bronze
    Gilded copper, rock crystal, glass, and parchment
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Bruckmann, 1985 (1985.387a, b)
    On view: Gallery 235
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Bon Stupa
    ca. 15th century
    Tibet
    Gilt-copper alloy
    Lent by Anthony d'Offay (SL.20.2010.3.11)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Bookcover with scenes from the life of the Buddha
    ca. first half of 10th century
    India or Nepal
    Ink and color on wood, with metal insets
    Gift of The Kronos Collections and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay, 1979 (1979.511)
    On view: Gallery 252
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by King Indravarman
    5–6 a.d.
    Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur)
    Schist
    Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.70a, b)
    On view: Gallery 235
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by Ramaka
    1st century a.d.
    Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur)
    Schist
    Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 (1987.142.71a, b)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Reliquary
    Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
    China
    Cloisonné enamel and bronze
    Bequest of Edward G. Kennedy, 1932 (33.40.67)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Reliquary Figure
    19th–20th century
    Kota peoples; Gabon
    Wood, copper, brass
    Purchase, The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, by exchange, 1983 (1983.18)
    Not on view
    Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the AmericasFirst Floor
    Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan)
    Kamakura period (1185–1333), 14th century
    Unidentified artist
    Kyoto, Japan
    Hanging scroll; ink, gold, and color on silk
    Rogers Fund, 1912 (12.134.10)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Tower Reliquary with Eight Apostles and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists
    ca. 1200–1250
    Made in Cologne, Germany
    Ivory, gilt copper alloy, wood core
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.230a, b)
    On view: Gallery 304
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    The Journey of the Magi
    ca. 1435
    Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Sienese)
    Tempera and gold on wood
    Maitland F. Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, 1943 (43.98.1)
    On view: Gallery 625
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Reliquary Pendant
    1174–1177
    English
    Gold
    Pulitzer Bequest Fund, 1963 (63.160)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Model of the Mahabodhi Temple
    Pala period, 12th century
    India
    Stone
    Gift of John and Fausta Eskenazi, 2006 (2006.218)
    On view: Gallery 238
    Asian ArtSecond Floor

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