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Dunhuang in Hangzhou — the Exhibition of Dunhuang Art in Zhejiang Art Museum 2017-05-11

On 28th, December, 2013, the Exhibition of Dunhuang Art rang up the curtain in Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou. The exhibition lasts for three and a half months, and ends on 16th March, 2014.

 

Dunhuang (敦煌), situated on the then silk road, is well-known for Dunhuang Caves. The site of Dunhuang caves is the largest existent Buddhist cave site at present, and is renowned as “Treasure House of Buddhist Art” and “Encyclopedia of the Medieval”. Right now, there are 812 caves in Dunhuang, only thirty of which are open to the tourists.

 

No.158 Cave of Mogao Caves

 

Among the exhibits, highlights are the replicas of seven caves, which are the most representative ones of each dynasty from Wei and Jin Period (265–420) to Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). The originals of the seven are No.158 cave of Mogao Caves, No.275 cave from Northern Liang period (397–460), No.249 cave from Western Wei Dynasty (535-556), No.220 cave from Early Tang Dynasty (618- 704), No.17 cave of Mogao Caves and No.3 cave from Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368) and No.29 cave of Yulin Caves (榆林窟) from late Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227) respectively. These caves are seldom open to the tourists in Dunhuang.

 

No.275 cave from Northern Liang period (397–460)

 

On display are also 59 replicas of Buddhist wall paintings, 10 replicas of painted sculptures and 10 original Huazhuan (bricks with decorative patterns from Tang Dynasty). The Exhibition of Replicas of Dunhuang Wall Paintings by Zhang Daqian (张大千)  is also available during the period. It was Zhang Daqian who started the job of repairing and copying wall paintings in Dunhuang Caves over 70 years ago.

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