For centuries, the Buddhist art of Kashmir (a region extending between present-day Pakistan, India and China) was internationally renowned and exerted considerable cultural influence over neighbouring regions, particularly the Western Himalayas and Tibet. Visiting pilgrims would collect sculptures, paintings and illuminated manuscripts to display back home – a practice which ultimately inflected local styles and traditions. A new exhibition at the Rubin, New York, celebrates this cultural exchange and the beautiful objects that came out of the region between the 7th and 17th centuries.
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‘Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies’ is at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, from 22 May–19 October.
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