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The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan

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© Courtesy of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
February 20th, 2009 - May 10th, 2009

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.asianart.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Union Square/Civic Center
EMAIL:  
members@asianart.org
PHONE:  
415.581.3500
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
TAGS:  
sculpture

DESCRIPTION

East of Mount Everest and bordered by India and Tibet, Bhutan is a remote and mystical kingdom, considered by many as “The Last Shangri-La.” A sovereign nation that has maintained its cultural, artistic, and religious traditions intact, it is one of the few countries in Asia never colonized by its neighbors or Western powers.

The first exhibition of its kind, The Dragon's Gift provides an exceptionally rare opportunity to view some of the most sacred and beloved Buddhist arts in Bhutan.

Many of the 150 objects – intricate paintings, sculptures, textiles, and more – are still used in temple and monastery rituals and never have been accessible to a Western audience.

All are on public view for the first time.

Also documented through video footage are the colorful ancient dance forms that are integral to Bhutanese Buddhist practice.

Don't miss a stunning showcase of Buddhist art from the "Land of the Thunder Dragon."

 

 

 

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