Monday, June 4, 2018

San Diego Museum of Art features works of Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
Purkhu Purkhu, The friend urges Radha to abandon her pride, ca. 1820. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. The San Diego Museum of Art; Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. 1990.1296.
SAN DIEGO---The San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) is presenting “Art of South and Southeast Asia” of works ranging in date from the first to the nineteenth century AD including Sri Devi (ca 1100), Standing Bodhisattva (3rd century), and Purkhu (ca. 1820). The earliest works are mostly religious, relating to the ritual practices of Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. Although each religion has a distinct set of gods and divinities, all three based the iconography of these figures on the human form. Buddhism spread along the Silk Road moving west to Pakistan and Central Asia, and east to China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

San Diego Museum of Art: "Arts of South and Southeast Asia" (On view); 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA; 619.232.7931; sdmart.org