Detail, From the Real to the Symbolic City, From the series Desert of Pharan (2011–13), Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia, b. 1979), 2012, Color photograph, Purchase—Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, S2014.5 image

Detail, From the Real to the Symbolic City, From the series Desert of Pharan (2011–13), Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia, b. 1979), 2012, Color photograph, Purchase—Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, S2014.5

Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater

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Image of a laser passing over the surface of an object produces a digital scan made of millions of measurements points. These data can be manipulated in a variety of ways to reveal new information and advance research. Image courtesy Smithsonian’s Digitalization Program Office

A laser passing over the surface of an object produces a digital scan made of millions of measurements points. These data can be manipulated in a variety of ways to reveal new information and advance research. Image courtesy Smithsonian’s Digitalization Program Office

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

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Detail image, Waves at Matsushima; Tawaraya Sōtatsu, (act. ca. 1600–40); pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper; Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.231-232

Detail, Waves at Matsushima; Tawaraya Sōtatsu, (act. ca. 1600–40); pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper; Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.231-232

Sōtatsu: Making Waves

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Right, detail image, The Buddha at Birth, F2005.9a–b; Detail, mirror case, RLS2014.9.157; Center, detail image, Untitled, from Flowers in the Image of Imagination series, S2013.9; Left, detail image, mirror case, RLS2014.9.157

Right, detail, The Buddha at Birth, F2005.9a–b; Detail, mirror case, RLS2014.9.157; Center, detail, Untitled, from Flowers in the Image of Imagination series, S2013.9; Left, detail, mirror case, RLS2014.9.157

Art of the Gift: Recent Acquisitions

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