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Image of the Buddhist sutra manuscript

Manuscript of the Sutra on Solemn Attainment of Buddhahood (Datong Fangguang Chanhui Miezui) (detail), 7th–8th century, Chinese, attributed to Dunhuang, Mogao.

Photograph of a figure covered in fishing nets standing in shallow water

Sea Monster, 2018, Vasantha Yogananthan.

Image of black and white photograph of close up of two lillies in the center, surrounded by their leaves

Two Callas, before 1929, Imogen Cunningham.

Image of square greyscale abstract painting with dark brushstrokes in the center and lighter brushstrokes surrounding

Monolithic Impasse, 1964, Paul Horiuchi.

Image of a tall glass and bead sculpture, with skull on the bottom, a middle made of green beads, and a fgiure standing on top

WAR WOMAN III, 2014/2019, JOYCE J. SCOTT.

Image of a ivory mask depicting the face of a woman and carved with lattice-like detail surrounding her face

BELT MASK OF IYOBA (MOTHER OF THE OBA) IDIA, CA. 1517–1550, NIGERIAN, BENIN KINGDOM.

Xiaojin Wu and Nick Dorman

Some/One, 2001, Do Ho Suh.

Xiaojin Wu and Nick Dorman

Basket, 2010, Viola Riebe.

Images: Manuscript of the Sutra on Solemn Attainment of Buddhahood (Datong Fangguang Chanhui Miezui) (detail), 7th–8th century, Chinese, attributed to Dunhuang, Mogao, ink on mulberry fiber paper, Clara Ching, Provenance: Jao Yü Ai (unknown), to Anne Matilda Bille (d. 1942), 1920s–ca. 1937, to Fook-Tan Ching (b. Honolulu, 1987), late 1930s, to his son, Yi-Chuan Ching, 2017.21, Photo: Elizabeth Mann. Sea Monster, 2018, Vasantha Yogananthan, archival inkjet print on Canson print making rag, 81 x 64 cm. Two Callas, before 1929, Imogen Cunningham, American, 1883–1976, gelatin silver print, 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 in., Seattle Art Museum, Gift of John H. Hauberg, 89.26, ©️ (1929), 2009 Imogen Cunningham Trust. Monolithic Impasse, 1964, Paul Horiuchi, casein on mulberry paper mounted to canvas, 77 9/16 x 78 9/16 in., Gift of the Seattle Art Museum Guild, 79.6, ©️ Estate of Paul Horiuchi. War Woman III, 2014/2019, Joyce J. Scott, American, hand-blown Murano glass, beads, thread, wood, plastic dice, 31 x 9 x 8 in., Benaroya Glass Art Acquisition Fund and Plestcheeff Endowment for the Decorative Arts, 2020, 2020.1. Belt Mask of Iyoba (Mother of the Oba) Idia, ca. 1517 - 1550, Nigerian, Benin Kingdom, ivory, 4 3/4 x 9 3/16 in., Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company, 81.17.493. Some/One, 2001, Do Ho Suh, stainless steel military dog-tags, nickel-plated copper sheets, steel structure, glass fiber reinforced resin, rubber sheets, diam. at base: 24 ft. 4 in.; height: 81 in., Gift of Barney A. Ebsworth, 2002.43 © Do Ho Suh, photo: Adam Hunter/LMN Architects. Basket, 2010, Viola Riebe, cedar bark, raffia, 11 1/2 × 10 × 6 in., Native American Art Support Fund, 2013.5, ©️ Artist or Artist's Estate.


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