Exhibition/Display Details

Pure Land

Images of Immortals in Chinese Art

1 Mar 2016 to 2 Oct 2016

Pure Land is the name for the realm of the Buddha and other deities depicted in paintings since the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907).

Pure Land Buddhism is particularly associated with the cave temples at Dunhuang in northwest China, near the eastern end of the Silk Route.

During China’s war with Japan in the 1940s, many artists took refuge in Sichuan province, and from there some journeyed to Dunhuang and painted copies of the famous cave temple murals. This display shows rare examples of their work alongside other images of popular deities, particularly Guanyin, in paintings, textiles and porcelain.

Follow this link to the Eastern Art blog entry about this exhibition.

Image:Bodhisattva Guanyin, China, 18th-century, Lent by the Sir Alan Barlow Collection Trust.

Gallery 11 | Admission Free