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Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas

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December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015
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Sacred Traditions Blog Series

Stag mask

A First Look at Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas

Kurt Behrendt, Associate Curator, Department of Asian Art

Initiation Cards (Tsakalis), early 15th century. Tibet. Opaque watercolor on paper; Each 6 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (16 x 14.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 2000 (2000.282.1–.25)

Evoking the Divine: Mental Purification Using a Tibetan Tsakali Mandala

Kurt Behrendt, Associate Curator, Department of Asian Art

Initiation Card (Tsakali): Maitreya and consort, early 15th century | Tibet | 2000.282.10

Eastern Religion Meets Western Science: Conserving Fifteenth-Century Tibetan Initiation Cards

Angela Campbell, Assistant Conservator, Department of Paper Conservation

Initiation Card (Tsakali): Vairochana (2000.282.2), prior to conservation

Filling In History: Conserving Fifteenth-Century Tibetan Initiation Cards, Continued

Rebecca Capua, Assistant Conservator, Department of Paper Conservation

Vajrabhairava with His Consort Vajravetali, 18th–19th century | Mongolia | 48.30.14

Beneath the Surface: Technical Analysis of a Vajrabhairava Figurine

Mandira Chhabra, Assistant Conservator, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai, India
Daniel Hausdorf, Associate Conservator, Department of Objects Conservation
Pascale Patris, Conservator, Department of Objects Conservation

Standing Avalokitesvara, 16th century | Nepal (Kathmandu Valley) | 47.108 Creating Contrast through Elaborate Details: Technical Analysis and Conservation of an Avalokitesvara

Mandira Chhabra, Assistant Conservator, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai, India
Daniel Hausdorf, Associate Conservator, Department of Objects Conservation
Pascale Patris, Conservator, Department of Objects Conservation

Vajra Flaying Knife, ca. 15th century | Tibet | 1985.397

Diamond in the Rust: Conserving a Damascened Tibetan Knife

Marlene April Yandrisevits, Former Graduate Intern, Department of Objects Conservation

Leaf Shaped Box, 17th–19th century | Top decoration Newari, box Tibet Lhasa area | 15.95.167

Understanding and Sustaining Cultures: The Conservation of Nepalese Jewelry

Nina Pascucci, Former College Intern, Department of Objects Conservation

Skeleton Dance Costume, late 19th or early 20th century. Tibet. Silk, flannel; 70 x 60 in. (177.8 x 152.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Edward A. Nis, 1934 (34.80.3a–h)

Installing Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Kurt Behrendt, Associate Curator, Department of Asian Art
Kristine Kamiya, Associate Conservator, Department of Textile Conservation
Matthew Cumbie, Conservation Preparator, Department of Objects Conservation



Stag mask, late 19th or early 20th century. Tibet. Papier-mâché, polychrome, gilding, leather, and silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Edward A. Nis, 1934 (34.80.3i)