Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Buddhist Art of India

National Museum of India New Delhi
30th October, 2015 till 30th November, 2015
Exhibition Hall ‐ 1
First Floor


The National Museum will soon be showcasing an exhibition called Buddhist Art of India, in collaboration with Indian Museum Kolkata. The exhibition will be opened on 30th October, 2015 and will be on display until 30th November, 2015.
After a huge success at Shanghai Museum, Tokyo National Museum and Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore, Indian Museum, Kolkata, the oldest as well as the largest of its kind in South Asia, this landmark exhibition on Indian Buddhist Art is being held here at National Museum, New Delhi.
Buddhism has its roots in the Indian subcontinent and Indian Buddhist art is known for its rich and diverse form of sculpture, paintings, and symbols. From its homeland of India, Buddhist art travelled to other parts of Asia and the world, adapting to local styles in each new culture.

Life scenes of the Buddha
Sarnath, ca. 5th century C.E.
Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh Sand Stone 92x32x11cm
Indian Museum, Kolkata Acc. No. S3/A2509

The masterpieces on show in this exhibition provide a glimpse into the inspiring life story of theGreatBuddha and the development of Buddhist art. The exhibition showcases 91 objects including sculptures, manuscripts and ritual objects related to the life of Buddha and Buddhism.

This exhibition, with exclusive objects from the collection of Indian Museum, invites visitor to see three sections based on the different stages of development of Buddhism. Initiating with the life of the Buddha, the story further proceeds to the formation of doctrine and its development through the ages and finally the expansion by crossing the geographical boundary.

Bodhisattva head Gandhara, ca. 2 century C.E.        
Near Peshawar (North-West part of undivided India)            
Stucco,15.1x10.2x13 cm. Indian Museum, Kolkata
Acc. No. P9/A23303

Pala period, ca. 11 /12 century C.E. Chowrapara, Rajshahi Basalt,112x56x15cm. Indian Museum, Kolkata
Acc. No. 9015/A25200

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