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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Detail image, Funerary Relief Bust, Syria, 3rd century (dated 231 CE), Limestone, 60.1 x 55.3 x 23 cm, F1908.236

Detail, Funerary Relief Bust, Syria, 3rd century (dated 231 CE), Limestone, 60.1 x 55.3 x 23 cm, F1908.236

Palmyra

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