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The Buddhist faith evolved over the centuries to incorporate an expanded pantheon of deities, including Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, compassionate celestial beings known as bodhisattvas, as well as a range of protective deities, frequently of fearsome appearance. Buddhism had traveled a long way from its simple beginnings. When Buddhism declined in India proper during the twelfth century, this later esoteric form continued to flourish in the Himalayan territories of Nepal and Tibet.

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Bodhisattva White Avalokiteshvara (Amoghapasha Lokeshvara)  Nepal, 14th Century Polychromed wood 162.5 cm H x 96.0 cm W x 37.0 cm D (64
Seated Buddha 
Central Tibet, 14th century 
Gilt-copper with pigment 
Purchase - Friends of Asian Arts in honor of the 10th Anniversary  
of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S1997.28
Bhairava 
Nepal, 15th century 
Gilt-copper repousse with pigment 
Purchase-Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, S1999.116


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