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Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959)
San Francisco Call, Press Headquarters Building, 1913
Illuminated page from the Petershausener Sakramentar, 960-80, Germany
Everything is Connected: New Paintings by Jeffrey Pitt,
Although art lover Louis Empain initially commissioned this building as a private residence, he did not wish to live in it. A few years after its completion, Empain donated the art deco masterpiece to be used as a museum of decorative arts. It never fully served this function, and eventually the building was abandoned.
It has now been restored as the Boghossian Foundation:
Mahakala, whose name means “great time” or “death,” was adopted by Buddhists in the tenth century as a manifestation of the compassionate bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Mahakala is a dharmapala, or protector of the Buddhist faith; his fierce visage and belligerent attitude frighten away any threat. His eyes bulge out of their sockets, his snarling mouth parts slightly to reveal his teeth and his head bears a crown of skulls. Whether standing or seated, Mahakala tramples a prone figure that represents a vanquished obstacle. The Mahakala above wields a ring of skulls, a drum and a knot of writhing serpents in his outer hands, and a curved knife known as a chopper and skull cup to his chest.
Hayagriva, 17th century
Tibet or Mongolia (?), 1600-1699 Gilt bronze with pigment
Hayagriva, known as “one with a horse’s neck,” is an important deity in China, Tibet and Mongolia, where the nomadic population adopted him as a protector of horses and of the Buddhist faith. Three horse heads emerge from his flaming hair. He has six arms, three faces and four pairs of legs; these multiple limbs proclaim his divinity and terrifying visage. He stands in the menacing alidha, or warrior’s pose, upon eight snakes, which are enemies of the horse. He is adorned with a tiara of skulls and a long garland of severed heads, and he is wrapped in an elephant hide. His voice is said to thunder like that of a horse roaring with the power to subdue all demonic forces.