Lost Kingdoms: Early Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture at the Met Museum – New York

Lost Kingdoms: Early Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture at the Met Museum – New YorkLost Kingdoms: Early Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture at the Met Museum – New York

April 14, 2014 through July 27, 2014

– Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asian, Fifth to Eighth Century, presents the exceptional opportunity to view 160 sculptures, many designated as national treasures which have never traveled outside their home countries. The first international loan exhibition to explore the sculptural art produced in the earliest kingdoms of Southeast Asia, these works which are crafted in bronze, gold, silver, stone, stucco and terracotta were created by the Champa, Dvaravati, Funan, Kedah, Pyu, Srivijaya and Zhenla cultures of Southeast Asia, so-called, “lost kingdoms,” of the first millennium whose identities and sometimes very existence only emerged during the twentieth century as a result of pioneering epigraphic and archaeological research. Our principal window into not only the artistic but the political and religious expression of these mysterious civilizations, the surviving works of art featured in the installation, made possible by unprecedented loans from the National Museums of Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar which is making its first ever international loans to this exhibition, is augmented by works from the Musée Guimet in Paris as well as major museums in the United States. Included in the display are such renowned examples as the sixth-century, “Cambodian Buddha Offering Protection,” and the spectacular, “Krishna Holding Mount Govardhana,” from the Hill Shrine of Phnom Da, in southern Cambodia, an, “Uma of a Deceased Khmer Queen,” of startling naturalism from the first half of the seventh century, an, “Ascetic Ganesha,” from the eighth-century religious sanctuary of My Son in central Vietnam, a Dvaravati Kingdom, terracotta, “Head of Meditating Buddha,” from the seventh century and a late seventh-century, “Avalokitesivara,” discovered in the Mekong delta of Vietnam in the 1920s, arguably the most beautiful image of the Buddhist embodiment of compassion in Southeast Asia.

“Krishna Holding Mtount Govardhana” (Sixth Century) - Cambodia

“Krishna Holding Mount Govardhana” (Sixth Century) – Cambodia

“Ascetic Ganesha” (Eighth Century - Vietnam

“Ascetic Ganesha” (Eighth Century – Vietnam

 

Official Exhibition Site

 

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

1000 FIFTH AVENUE

NEW YORK, NY 10028

(212) 535-7710

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asian, Fifth to Eighth Century

 

VISITING HOURS:

OPEN SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 5:30 P.M.

OPEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 9 P.M.

CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY, DECEMBER 25, JANUARY 1 AND THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY.

 

ADMISSION:

$25 RECOMMENDED FOR AN ADULT TICKET.

$17 RECOMMENDED FOR A SENIOR TICKET (65 AND OVER).

$12 RECOMMENDED FOR A STUDENT TICKET (25 AND UNDER).

FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

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