Opening Reception for Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal

Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)
OKANE Cantor Art Gallery 2
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Paula Rosenblum
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Please join us for the opening reception for the exhibition Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal.

This exhibition highlights Nepal’s artistic heritage as a rich and enduring continuation of Indic Buddhist traditions. Featuring paintings, illustrated texts, sculptures, and ritual implements crafted by Newar artisans over the last millennium, “Dharma and Puṇya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal” will be centered on how the Buddha’s teachings were arrayed as much for worldly householders as otherworldly seekers. It will illustrate the centrality of ritual in Buddhism, showing how illustrated narratives and common practices address every devotee’s need to make good karma (punya), a central tenet of the Buddha’s teaching (dharma). Showing some objects never before displayed in the West, this historic exhibition will focus on the unparalleled contributions of Kathmandu Valley artisans and patrons not only in their communities, but in the subsequent development of Tibetan art.

Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Vajracharya Priest’s Crown
Early Malla period: Nepal
13th – early 14th century
Gilt copper alloy inlaid with semiprecious stones
H x W x D:
30.5 x 22.9 x 21 cm; 12” x 9” x 8 ¼”
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gift of Barbara and David Kipper, 2016

Categories: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery,Religious Studies,Visual Arts,Featured

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