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Buddhist art at the gateway of the Silk Road

China Daily | Updated: 2013-04-26 07:23

Dunhuang, the western gateway to China, is one of the world's most esteemed art shrines and cultural heritage sites. "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" will address art and ritual practices of the Northern dynasties (386-581) and the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The exhibition will feature excavated art works, high relief clay figures, wooden sculptures, silk banners and molded bricks.

A group of treasured Buddhist sutras from the famous Cangjingdong (The Library Cave) will illustrate the story behind Dunhuang's historic discovery. A magnificent replica of the 8th century cave that houses the beautiful Bodhisattva of the Mogao Grottoes and an illustrious central pillar from the 6th century will also be prominently displayed to recall the actual cave setting.

This exhibition is organized by China Institute Gallery and Dunhuang Academy under the direction of Willow Hai Chang and is curated by Fan Jinshi, director of Dunhuang Academy.

Date: April 19-July 21

Venue: China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, New York



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