Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Burmese Buddhist Art Premieres in New York City

Buddha Severing His Hair. Pagan period, ca. 11th–12th century. Sandstone with traces of pigment. Bagan Archaeological Museum. (Photo: Sean Dungan)
NEW YORK---An exhibition that will showcase Buddhist art from Burma – the first of its kind in the US – will open in New York on 10 February and run for three months. Around 70 exhibits in "Buddhist Art of Myanmar," ranging from the fifth- to the 20th-centuries, will “highlight the long and continuous presence of Buddhism in Myanmar [Burma] since the early first millennium, as well as the unique combination of style, technique, and religious deities that appeared in the arts of Buddhist Myanmar,” according to Asia Society Museum, the event organisers. [link]