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The bodhisattva Manjushri

anonymous, c. 800 - c. 900, sculpture, AK-MAK-240

In China, Manjushri is venerated as one of the first advocates of Buddhism. On Java he appears as a young man wearing straps of jewellery across his chest. This Manjushri is probably gesturing the turning of the wheel of wisdom: this symbolises the start of the Buddhist cycle of learning and the…

On display in Asian pavilion, room 1

Portrait of Michiel de Ruyter

Rombout Verhulst, 1677 - 1681, sculpture, BK-NM-13150

Admiral De Ruyter was severely wounded in a battle against the French in the Mediterranean Sea in 1676. He died of his wounds and was buried in a place of honour in Amsterdam’s New Church. This bust was a model for the tomb.

On display in room 2.15

Seated Cupid

Étienne-Maurice Falconet, 1757, sculpture, BK-1963-101

This famous statue already had many nicknames in the 18th century. Perhaps the best known is l’amour menaçant - menacing love. The menace is mainly in the love god’s expression, while his gesture makes us complicit, through silence. The statue was carved for Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV…

On display in room 1.9

Shiva Nataraja

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, sculpture, AK-MAK-187

Shiva is depicted here as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), standing in a ring of fire in the anandatandava position. He is both the creator and destroyer of the world. He is standing on a dwarf, symbolising ignorance. Richly decorated bronze statues of Hindu gods like this are carried in processions…

On display in Asian pavilion, room 1

Guanyin

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, sculpture, AK-MAK-84

The Buddhist deity Guanyin, who rescues people in need, is shown here meditating, seated on a rock. According to legend, he was once discovered in this position, meditating on the moon’s reflection in the water - in Buddhism a symbol of illusion and transience. His pose and facial expression embody…

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

The Meeting of Joachim and Anna

Master of Joachim and Anne, c. 1470, sculpture, BK-NM-88

Joachim and Anna were childless for many years. Until Anna’s prayers were answered and she miraculously conceived a daughter, Mary. Joyous at the news, they embrace each other tenderly. This intimate, almost timeless scene was once part of a large altar depicting stories about the life of the Virgin…

On display in room 0.1

Virgin and Child

Adriaen van Wesel, c. 1470 - c. 1480, sculpture, BK-NM-3888

On display in room 0.1

Eight Stacked Beams

Carel Visser, 1964, sculpture, BK-2008-4

The eight massive planks that form this abstract sculpture are not stacked in precise symmetry. Each pair of planks is slightly further to the side. It all appears quite natural, yet the stack is impossible to balance. So the construction is a crucial element. In fact there is a seam along all the…

On display in room 3.4

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, sculpture, AK-RAK-2007-1-B

These guards stand at the entrance to a temple to ward off evil. They are holding a vajra, with which to crush ignorance. Their open and shut mouths represent the first and last letters of the Japanese script: A and N: this symbolises the totality of sounds and letters, of knowledge. Worshippers who…

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, sculpture, AK-RAK-2007-1-A

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2