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Exhibition Detail
Tibet and India - Buddhist Traditions and Transformations
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028-0918


February 8th - June 8th
Opening: 
February 8th 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
 
Four-Armed Shadakshari-Lokeshvara, Leaf from a dispersed Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) Manuscript. India (West Bengal) or Bangladesh ,
Four-Armed Shadakshari-Lokeshvara, Leaf from a dispersed Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) Manuscript. India (West Bengal) or Bangladesh ,
Pala period, early 12th century
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This exhibition singles out two periods when the Buddhist Tibetan tradition drew from outside influences to develop new vocabularies of form. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, after a period of political and religious disruption, contact with the great monasteries of North India led to considerable exchange. Looking from the Indian perspective, the exhibition examines how esoteric imagery, texts, and Vajrayana ritual practices contributed to reshaping the complex religious landscape of Tibet. Today, contemporary Tibetan artists are again addressing and incorporating ideas central to the current global reality, in an effort to recontextualize long-standing core Buddhist ideals. The exhibition will include five loans and eighteen objects drawn from department holdings.


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