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Central Asia, Gandhara, and Tibet

Because of its location along major trade routes, Central Asia has had a turbulent history, and much of its surviving artwork is fragmentary. The museum’s Gandharan and Central Asian art covers a diverse geographic and cultural area and includes some rare pieces from the ancient kingdom of Gandhara, which encompassed modern-day Pakistan, Afghanistan, and northeastern India, countries that are now considered part of South Asia. Tibetan art is included here as well.

Central Asian, Gandhara
Emaciated Buddha
2nd–3rd century
Green-gray schist with traces of gilding
9 7/8 x 7 in. (17.7 x 25.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 79.53

Central Asian, Gandhara
Man Wearing a Lion-Skin Cap
5th century
Stucco with traces of paint
H. 8 ¼ in. (20.95 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 83.20

Central Asian, Gandharan
Grotesque Head
5th century
Stucco
H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 79.8.2

Tibet
Yama Triad
19th century
Thangka; ink and colors on linen
25 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (63.81 x 40.95 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 71.4.3

Tibetan
Guhyasamaja and Adhiprajna
19th century
Thangka; ink and colors on linen
30 5/8 x 22 ¼ in. (77.8 x 56.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 71.4.4

Tibet
White Tara
19th century
Thangka; ink and color on cotton
31 3/8 x 22 7/8 in. (79.69 x 58.10 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 63.37

Tibetan
Amitabha Buddha
16th century
Thanka; ink and color on silk
12 5/8 x 9 3/16 in. (32.1 x 23.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 61.48