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From its neck to its feet, the #CosmicBuddha is covered with narrative scenes depicting moments from the life of the Historical Buddha as well as the "Realms of Existence," a symbolic map of the Buddhist world. Heaven is represented toward the top, the hells are at the bottom, and humans, animals, spirits, and demigods reside between the two. Vote for this amazing object in #SIshowdown! s.si.edu/votecosmicbuddha http://s.si.edu/1MsCNzc

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"Summer." Dwight William Tryon, 1892. http://s.si.edu/1ghhIvH

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+Washingtonian broke down how the Smithsonian 3D Digitization team digitized the ‪#‎CosmicBuddha‬. The intricate process involved a two-inch band of light, more than 300 2D photographs, and some 20 million dots of data. Vote for this amazing object in ‪#‎SIShowdown‬! s.si.edu/votecosmicbuddha

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He's got the whole world on his robe. Vote for the Cosmic Buddha as the most seriously amazing object in the 2015 Smithsonian Summer Showdown! http://s.si.edu/1LOsIMD #SIShowdown
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Happy #SistersDay! Any theories as to what these two "Sisters" (by James McNeill Whistler) are discussing?

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"It's important that when something is in the news, people get a sense of its history," says museum director Julian Raby. "You've heard of Palmyra, but you may know nothing about it, so come and have a look at an object that allows you to reflect on current affairs." +BBC News 

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Both professors of English literature, Sylvan Barnet and William Burto shared a passion for Asian art—which they then shared with the Freer|Sackler. With their gift, the Freer’s collection of Japanese Buddhist sutras is now unmatched outside Japan.

See examples of what Barnet, Burto, and other generous donors have brought to the Galleries in "Art of the Gift," opening Saturday.

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Twenty years ago, the Freer debuted its very first Made in Hong Kong Film Festival. See what's in store for our 20th-anniversary celebration, kicking off tonight with "Dearest." ‪#‎HongKongFilmFest‬

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Happy #WorldSnakeDay from this friendly turtle-riding serpent! This Chinese porcelain piece dates to somewhere between the mid-11th and early 12th century.
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