Polished steatite spinning disc inlayed with alabaster, from the tomb of First Dynasty official Hemaka, reign of King Den, ~30th Century BC (441×435)

Polished steatite spinning disc inlayed with alabaster, from the tomb of First Dynasty official Hemaka, reign of King Den, ~30th Century BC (441×435)

[OS] Buddhist Triad: Amitabha, Avalokitesvara, and Mahasthamaprapta; hand gesture in ‘Bhŭmisparsa-mudrâ’; Gilt Silver, Joseon Dynasty, Korea; Harvard Art Museum 1997.254 [1904 x 2400]

[OS] Buddhist Triad: Amitabha, Avalokitesvara, and Mahasthamaprapta; hand gesture in ‘Bhŭmisparsa-mudrâ’; Gilt Silver, Joseon Dynasty, Korea; Harvard Art Museum 1997.254 [1904 x 2400]

Life-size nude statue of Wang Kon, king of medieval Korea from 918 to 943. The two-centimeter penis symbolizes the king’s mastery of the virtue of chastity. Sculpted in 951, it was buried in 1428 after Wang’s dynasty was overthrown and rediscovered by North Korean workers in 1993. [527×800]

Life-size nude statue of Wang Kon, king of medieval Korea from 918 to 943. The two-centimeter penis symbolizes the king’s mastery of the virtue of chastity. Sculpted in 951, it was buried in 1428 after Wang’s dynasty was overthrown and… Continue Reading

[OS] Standing Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin Pusa) with Circular Halo; Sui Dynasty (581-618 A.D.); China; Harvard Art Museum 1943.53.43 [1585×2400]

[OS] Standing Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin Pusa) with Circular Halo; Sui Dynasty (581-618 A.D.); China; Harvard Art Museum 1943.53.43 [1585×2400]

Graywacke dish with a swivel lid in the shape of a tilapia fish, a symbol of fertility and new life. Egypt (Saqqara), first dynasty. 3000 to 2800 B.C. [1536×1152]

Graywacke dish with a swivel lid in the shape of a tilapia fish, a symbol of fertility and new life. Egypt (Saqqara), first dynasty. 3000 to 2800 B.C. [1536×1152]

Brass Tibetan style Dung-Chen’s (Long Trumpets) decorated with Cloisonné enamel depicting floral motifs and dragons. Made as gifts to foreign officials, China, Ming dynasty. 1368 to 1644 AD. [2962×3722]

Brass Tibetan style Dung-Chen’s (Long Trumpets) decorated with Cloisonné enamel depicting floral motifs and dragons. Made as gifts to foreign officials, China, Ming dynasty. 1368 to 1644 AD. [2962×3722]

Jug stylized after a pomegranate and decorated with hunting scenes and a golden handle in the form of a goat. Egypt (Bubastis), 19th dynasty. 1279 to 1213 BC. [795×1024]

Jug stylized after a pomegranate and decorated with hunting scenes and a golden handle in the form of a goat. Egypt (Bubastis), 19th dynasty. 1279 to 1213 BC. [795×1024]

[OS] Artist’s Painting of a Hippopotamus. New Kingdom Dynasty, 18. Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. ca. 1479–1425 B.C. Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Hatshepsut Hole [3054×3809]

[OS] Artist’s Painting of a Hippopotamus. New Kingdom Dynasty, 18. Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. ca. 1479–1425 B.C. Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Hatshepsut Hole [3054×3809]

The “Gump” Buddha; an 18th century, almost 8 foot (~2.5 meter) Qing Dynasty Medicine Buddha Statue that decorated the former Gump Department Store in San Francisco up til 2018 [1058 x 3200]

The “Gump” Buddha; an 18th century, almost 8 foot (~2.5 meter) Qing Dynasty Medicine Buddha Statue that decorated the former Gump Department Store in San Francisco up til 2018 [1058 x 3200]

The Wilbour Plaque. A slab of limestone believed to have been used as a reference guide for students learning how to draw royalty. It features raised carvings of what may represent pharaoh Akhenaten and queen Nefertiti. Egypt, 18th dynasty. 1352 to 1336 B.C. [1536×1124]

The Wilbour Plaque. A slab of limestone believed to have been used as a reference guide for students learning how to draw royalty. It features raised carvings of what may represent pharaoh Akhenaten and queen Nefertiti. Egypt, 18th dynasty. 1352… Continue Reading