Here’s the head of the fasting Buddha, 200-500, either from Pakistan or Afghanistan. Images of the Buddha-to-be before he reached enlightenment can be quite haunting. Here, you see the severity of his fasting and the intensity of his quest from his hollowed out eyes. This very striking object is on view in our yoga exhibition.
Haaaaaaaay! You never know who’ll greet you in our permanent collection galleries, like this Japanese guardian lion (wood, 1200-1333). According to tradition, he appears to be saying “ah.” The lion was originally paired with a dog whose closed mouth made it seem like he was saying “um.” These creatures, with their supernatural powers, are regarded as guardians of Buddhist and Shinto shrines. We regard this lion as a spirit-lifter. What a fantastic positive expression, even if missing a limb.
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And you can always find cool art in our galleries.
Youth art is so awesome! We’re hosting the SFUSD Arts Festival; the building is alive with every kind of art by students of every age. Last day to see it is this Sunday. Get inspired and celebrate student creativity, not to mention arts education! This here is “Exo-tic Lifeforms” by Lori, 12th Grade.
Trust us, there’s some good stuff here. Real good.
To my Persian friends and family, EIDEH HAMEGI MOBARAK & NOROOZETAN PIROOZ! Spring equinox is finally here!! This is my very first Sofreh Haft-Seen. A traditional table spread in every Persian’s home for Norooz, the Persian Spring Celebration. The 7 items represent the seven heralds of life: rebirth, health, love, happiness, prosperity, sunrise, and patience. Rejoice!! #persiannewyear #haftseen #norooz #persian #springequinox #iranian #nowruz #iran
Happy Nowruz (Persian New Year) and First Day of Spring! If you’d like to learn more, head over to our education site. We think this is a very lovely haft-seen, accompanied by a lovely description.
Between the seventh and twelfth centuries, the term yogini referred to both fierce flying goddesses and the mortal women who became those deities. This voluptuous yogini is a four-armed goddess. Sitting on an owl and brandishing a sword, she inserts two fingers into the corners of her open mouth, bares her teeth, and emits a piercing whistle. She may have been one of those yoginis whose name roughly translates as “she who makes a loud nose.”
See more in Yoga: The Art of Transformation, on view now. You can even check it out for just $10 on Thursday nights from 5-9 pm.