Volume 41 – Number 2
'Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art' at Asia Society Museum
Cover: Detail of portable prayer wheel
Mongolia or Tibet, 17th-18th century
Silver, jadeite, rubies and turquoise
Height 21.6 cm
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
Gift of John and Berthe Ford (57.2285)
(Image ©The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland)
The exhibition 'Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art' at Asia Society Museum explores the impact of pilgrimage on artistic production across Asia. Adriana Proser discusses Buddhist art linked to the sacred destination of Mount Meru. Janice Leoshko traces Buddhist devotion in South Asia through the findings of 19th century Western explorers. D. Max Moerman explains how mandalas are used to map pilgrimage sites in Japan, with special reference to the Nachi Pilgrimage Mandala. Ariane Perrin discusses the earliest known painted representation of a Buddha figure in a funerary context at a Koguryo tomb in China's Jilin province. We also have an interview with Arthur R. Miller, as Japan Society Gallery hosts an exhibition of part of his collection of Kuniyoshi woodblock prints. Nancy Berliner pays a moving tribute to the late scholar Wang Shixiang.
We take a look at the changing landscape of New York's Asia Week, with previews of gallery shows and the Arts of Pacific Asia Show, as well as TEFAF, Maastricht. We also chat with Allan and Steven Chait on the eve of Ralph M. Chait Galleries' centenary. Reviews of the autumn auctions in Hong Kong, Beijing and San Francisco, and the art and antiques expo in Dongguan reveal trends in the market for Asian art. In the run-up to the 150th anniversary of the looting and destruction of the Yuanmingyuan, Bruce Doar comments on the saga of China's lost cultural relics.