Asian Art and History
The Caves of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road
Mimi Gardner Gates, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of the Seattle Museum of Art and co-chair of the Dunhuang Foundation US
Mimi Gardner Gates presents a lecture introducing the spectacular Buddhist caves of Dunhuang, a UNESCO World Heritage site in China’s northwestern Gobi Desert, on the Silk Roads, and the site’s sculptures and wall paintings, which are among the finest and earliest examples of Buddhist art in China. Founded by Buddhist monks in the fourth century, the caves were the focus of Buddhist worship and cross-cultural interaction for over a thousand years. At the beginning of the 20th century, a stunning discovery was made of a hidden cave containing some 50,000 precious art treasures and manuscripts. The lecture will address the challenges of preserving this magnificent ancient site and its art.
This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History series.
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