Xinjiang Khotanese Buddhist wall paintings displayed in Shanghai

Date:

Share post:

An exhibition of Xinjiang Buddhist frescos, Buddhist Vestiges Along the Silk Road: Mural Art from the Damago Site, Hotan, Xinjiang, opened at the Shanghai Museum in East China’s Shanghai municipality on Nov 28.

Xinjiang Khotanese Buddhist wall paintings displayed in Shanghai

The 51 items of culture relics on display marked the first time they were shown outside of Xinjiang, and they reflect rich connotations and artistic characteristics of paintings of Hotan Buddhism.

Xinjiang Khotanese Buddhist wall paintings displayed in Shanghai

Hotan Prefecture is situated in the southern part of Southwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. In the past it was known as Khotan, an ancient Buddhist civilization believed to date back to the third century BC.

Xinjiang Khotanese Buddhist wall paintings displayed in Shanghai

From 2002 to 2010, precious cultural relics from Buddhist ruins were unearthed at three historical sites in Damago of the ancient kingdom of Khotan.

Xinjiang Khotanese Buddhist wall paintings displayed in Shanghai

Judging from the layout of the ruins, the archaeologists believed the three sites were components of a single temple complex dating to the seventh and ninth centuries.

Xinjiang Khotanese Buddhist wall paintings displayed in Shanghai

Among them, Topulukdong Buddhist temple ruins left a large number of murals, but unfortunately remained as fragments. Archaeologists were still able to identify them as the Khotanese Buddhist paintings of the eighth century.

The exhibition, Buddhist Vestiges Along the Silk Road, particularly focuses on the murals from Topulukdong and its nearby Buddhist sites, and it will be open through March 8.

All photos courtesy of  the Shanghai Museum

Source: China Culture [December 05, 2014]

ADVERTISEMENT

spot_img

Related articles

‘Emotions’ at the Acropolis Museum

Τhe Acropolis Museum joins forces with the Onassis Foundation, an organization which has been contributing to Culture and...

Mysteries of Egypt explored in forthcoming exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery

Britain's most family friendly museum will be welcoming a new type of mummy into its family next year...

Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College is the exclusive venue for Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity, which...

Cambridge University museum reopens after £1.8m upgrade

A Cambridge University museum has reopened to the public following a £1.8m upgrade. The Museum of Archaeology and...

Fossil growth reveals insights into the climate

Panthasaurus maleriensis lived about 225 million years ago in what is now India. It is an ancestor of...

Google Art Project offers digital tour of Greek Museums

Google is extending its artwork collection by including, among others, the Museum of Acropolis, the Museum of Cycladic...

Coming up for air: Extinct sea scorpions could breathe out of water

Scientists have long debated the respiratory workings of sea scorpions, but a new discovery by a West Virginia...

Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead at the Corning Museum of Glass

Symbolizing power, enabling ornamentation, and facilitating trade, glass beads are miniature masterpieces that have played significant roles throughout...