Senior Curator, Himalayan Art
Rubin Museum of Art
Buddhist culture is highly symbolic and employs images to convey deep meanings related to its core concepts, goals, and practices. The most recognizable images are those of the Buddha, various deities, and portraits that represent ideals, stories, and meanings formalized in typical forms, or iconography.
The exhibition introduces these typical forms using drawings (graphics), thematic text panels and art objects which serve as entry points to the fundamental ideas of Buddhist philosophy, religious practice, and their cultural expressions.
The Looking Guide provides a reference for these iconographic forms and their essential meanings.