Herald Square Mardi Gras on Flickr.
Midtown March on Flickr.
I ❤️ NY on Flickr.
Quote for a cold grey winter day on Flickr.
"Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forwards."
Lunch leak look on Flickr.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s, Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom for the second time in as many months. Just as on my first visit, I was taken aback by the timeless beauty from one of Korea’s most prolific eras. As this exhibit collected over 100 objects created from 400-800 A.D. (Silla’s seminal period), there were many treasures to behold including beautiful carved sculptures, architectural elements and reliquaries; and resplendent jewelry — so there was much to see however for myself the definitive highlight of the collection was the gilt-bronze “Bodhisattva in Pensive Pose." (late 6th-early 7th century)
Per the Met’s website:
Better known as National Treasure 83, this magnificent statue represents a bodhisattva seated in the “pensive pose”: his proper right leg is crossed over his lowered left leg, and his elegant right hand gently touches his cheek. This posture is often used in representations of the bodhisattva Maitreya, an important deity throughout East Asia during the sixth and seventh centuries. The extraordinary balance between his contemplative aura and the sense of energy captured by the drumming fingers of his left hand and the upturned toes of his right foot explains the iconic position of this engaging sculpture within Korean art history.
This representation of the Buddha is amongst my favorite sculptures and truly dear to my heart as his form and smile represent one of the crowning heights of Korean cultural enlightenment.
[Note: All photos were taken by myself either with an iPhone 5 or Canon SD95 and edited in Snapseed on iOS.]
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