Objects & Research

Objects We Love

Hear from museum staff about objects in the collections they love and why in these short videos.

Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (F1914.54)

Four minute talk

Sneak Peak: New Research from the Freer and Sackler

Tropical Temples of South and Southeast Asia: Water and Sacred Environments

Travel to India and Indonesia with Emma Natalya Stein, the assistant curator of South and Southeast Asian art, to explore Hindu and Buddhist temples and their relationships to the local environment. Working comparatively, learn what the presence or absence of water can tell us about sacred sites. Stein shares personal photographs and observations from her past research trips to the area, transporting viewers to cities where temples tower over now-dry riverbeds, and to jungles where cave-temples are built on the banks of steep, sonorous river ravines.

Twenty-minute talk, followed by Q&A