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Gateway to Himalayan Art
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Jun 29, 2016 - Jun 26, 2017
150 W. 17th St.
New York, NY 10011
212-620-5000
Nearest Subways
1 at 18 St
F,L,M,1,2,3 at 14 St (6th and 7th Ave)
A,C,E,L at 14 St
A,C,E,L at 8 Av
N,R at 23 St
"Gateway to Himalayan Art" introduces visitors to the main forms, concepts, and meanings of Himalayan art represented in our collection. A large multimedia map orients the visitors and highlights cultural regions of a diverse Himalayan cultural sphere that includes parts of present day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Visitors are invited to explore exemplary objects from the Museum's collection, organized and presented in thematic sections: Figures and Symbols, Materials and Techniques, and Purpose and Function. The exhibition employs a concise and informative approach to convey the principal notions inherent in the rich traditions of Himalayan art to first-time visitors and specialists alike. In addition to sculptures and paintings, objects such as a stupa, prayer wheel, and ritual implements demonstrate that their patrons sought the accumulation of merit and hoped for wealth, long life, and spiritual gains, all to be fulfilled through the ritual use of these objects and commissioning works of art.
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