The Rubin Museum in New York City responds to the earthquake disaster by honoring sacred pieces of Nepalese artwork.
The Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, is one of the most popular deities in Nepal, where 108 forms of him are known. In his simplest form, extending his right hand in the gesture of giving and holding the stalk of a lotus (now broken) in his left hand. (Rubin Museum of Art)
In Nepal, Buddhist deities and Hindu gods are both vital parts of ritual life and are worshiped side-by-side. (Rubin Museum of Art)
Masks are used in shamanistic practices, communal rituals, and theatrical performances. (Rubin Museum of Art)
The importance of Nepal as a rich and historic source for sacred Buddhist and Hindu art is reflected in the more than six hundred Nepalese objects in this museum collection. (Rubin Museum of Art)