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Volume 32 – Number 8

Oct 2001


The Miho Counch Revisited 
Little-known 5th-7th Century Buddhist Cave Temples in Northwest China
New Archaeological Discoveries in the Mogao Caves
Interview with Vishakha Desai
Profile of Xu Bing
Ikuo Hirayama's Xuanzang Murals
Mu Xin: A Wanderer with Roots

A group of musicians from Tianshui, Gansu province
Sui dynasty, early 7th century
Granite with pigment and traces of gilding
Tianshui Municipal Museum
(Photography by Benjamin Harris)

In the face of adversity, New Yorkers have shown great resilience in their desire to rebuild the city and return life to normal. Typical of this spirit is the determination of Vishakha Desai and her team of architects, designers, artists and curators to complete the Asia Society's new galleries. The society's commitment to enriching American understanding of other cultures has perhaps become even more pressing. Their opening show, 'Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China, Gansu and Ningxia 4th to 7th Century', is the result of difficult and delicate loan negotiations with Chinese institutions. Curators Annette Juliano and Judith Lerner were able to examine a recently excavated funerary couch - deemed too fragile to leave the Tianshui Museum - for their article in this issue. However, the five earthenware musicians found alongside the couch are in the show. These are illustrated on this month's cover. Out of respect, the exhibition has been postponed. 
Early autumn is traditionally a busy time for Asian art in New York, but in a show of solidarity, Christie's and Sotheby's have taken the unprecedented stop of rescheduling their September sales to 15-17 October, with many dealers following suit.
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