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Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World

UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive


Artists from India, Tibet, and Nepal have for centuries created sculptures and paintings as a window into a divine Buddhist reality. ‘Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World’ explores the spiritual meaning of over 30 exceptional works, highlighting their role within the Buddhist doctrine. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a rare 14th-century monumental gilt-bronze Buddha from Tibet seated in the posture of meditation; with the right hand touching the earth, the sculpture manifests the moment of enlightenment. Other sculptures and paintings from the region depict a multitude of sublime deities, some fierce and others calming, but all intended to lead the viewer closer to perfect knowledge of the universe through the teachings of wisdom and compassion.

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