Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Asian Art Museum exhibit “The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan”

Two monks from a Bhutanese monastery perform daily purification rituals and prayers for sacred objects in the exhibition.

A sand mandala.

The Buddha Vajrasattva, 1300-1600.

by Ekaterina Levina

I visited the Asian Art Museum to see the exhibit dedicated to the Buddhist art of Bhutan.
Bhutan is a country located east of Mount Everest and bordered by India and Tibet.

The exhibit consists of religious objects, mostly Buddha sculptures and mandala paintings, which are still used in temple and monastery rituals.

The Buddahs were amazing. Some of them were small, about 10-12”, glowing with gold and intricate jewelry details. Some were bigger bronze sculptures.

All Buddhas had their usual serene face expressions, but at the same time they had different human personalities and characters. They are real masterpieces. With graceful lines and expressive gestures they give a feeling of the ancient time and life. Somehow they look very human and approachable.

I loved a wonderful sculpture which showed an embrace of the Buddha and the Goddess.

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