Date
23 September 2017
A 13-meter-long statue of the Nirvaṇa Buddha will be one of the highlights of the exhibition. Photo: Gov.HK
A 13-meter-long statue of the Nirvaṇa Buddha will be one of the highlights of the exhibition. Photo: Gov.HK

Dunhuang exhibition to feature giant statue of Nirvana Buddha

If you don’t have the time to go to Dunhuang, a tourist destination in western China’s Gansu province, you can learn about its rich culture, particularly its renowned Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, through an exhibition that will open in Hong Kong next Friday.

The exhibition, jointly presented by the Leisure and Culture Services Department and the Dunhuang Academy, will be held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and will feature 120 artworks from the Dunhuang Caves, which contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years.

Highlights of the show, which will last until March next year, include a 13-meter-long statue of the Nirvaṇa Buddha, a wooden movable type in Uighur script, Buddhist sutras written in Tibetan script, The Book of Psalms written in Syriac script, the only extant printed copy of Essential Mantras in Tangut script, and copies of the cave murals produced by the founding pioneers of the National Dunhuang Art Institute, Apple Daily reports.

The show will also feature life-size replicas of the Dunhuang Caves, allowing visitors to feel like they are really in Dunhuang.

The caves, dating from 400 A.D., provide a virtual history of Buddhist culture, including the ancient arts and customs of the Dunhuang people, museum curator Ang Yee was quoted as saying.

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