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, Lotus and Ducks Hanging scroll, F1998.45

Lotus and Ducks (detail) 荷花雙鳧圖 (軸), (ca. 1696); Bada Shanren (Zhu Da) 八大山人 (朱耷), (Chinese, 1626-1705) Qing dynasty; Hanging scroll; ink on paper; Bequest from the collection of Wang Fangyu and Sum Wai, donated in their memory by Mr. Shao F. Wang, F1998.45

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626-1705)

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