Opening Events for Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal

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Date & Time: Thursday, September 12, 2019
4:30 PM-7:30 PM

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary
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College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
Cost: No cost, open to the public
Description: Exhibition Opening Events

Thursday, September 12
Curators' Talk by Dr. Jinah Kim and Dr. Todd Lewis
4:30 p.m. | Rehm Library

Opening Reception
5:30  7:30 p.m. | Cantor Art Gallery

Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal
Through December 14

Co-curated by
Dr. Jinah Kim, Professor of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University
Dr. Todd Lewis, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

This exhibition highlights Nepals artistic heritage as a rich and enduring continuation of Indic Buddhist traditions. Featuring paintings, illustrated texts, sculptures, and ritual implements crafted by Newar artisans over the last millennium, Dharma and Puya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal will be centered on how the Buddhas teachings were arrayed as much for worldly householders as otherworldly seekers. It will illustrate the centrality of ritual in Buddhism, showing how illustrated narratives and common practices address every devotees need to make good karma (punya), a central tenet of the Buddhas teaching (dharma). Showing some objects never before displayed in the West, this historic exhibition will focus on the unparalleled contributions of Kathmandu Valley artisans and patrons not only in their communities, but in the subsequent development of Tibetan art.

Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Vajracharya Priests Crown
Early Malla period: Nepal
13th  early 14th century
Gilt copper alloy inlaid with semiprecious stones
H x W x D:
30.5 x 22.9 x 21 cm
12" x 9" x 8 ¼"
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gift of Barbara and David Kipper, 2016

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