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July 18, 2011

News Media Photos: Echoes of the Past
The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan

(Click images for larger versions) Exhibit opens September 11, 2011, at Meadows Museum of Art and continues through January 8, 2012.


The centerpiece of the exhibit, this 3-D digital reconstruction of the South Cave in Xiangtangshan, China, combines technology with the skills of art history sleuths to recreate a Buddhist temple cave in all its splendor. Missing items from the cave appear in yellow.

The limestone sculpture “Head of a Bodhisattva Attendant of Maitreya” graced an altar in the South Cave in the sixth century. Now it’s part of the collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The exhibit includes this sixth century “Standing Avalokiteshvara” from the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan, China. The limestone sculpture with lacquerlike coating is on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

 

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