Indian Buddhist art exhibition opens in Singapore

Singapore, June 18 (IANS) An exhibition showcasing over 80 pieces of rare Buddhist art from India opened on Thursday at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.

The exhibition, which features artworks from Asia’s oldest museum in Kolkata, chronicles the evolution of Buddhist art from the 2nd century BC, Channel News Asia reported.

Titled “Treasures from Asia’s Oldest Museum: Buddhist Art from the Indian Museum, Kolkata”, the exhibition was launched by Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong and India’s Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Mahesh Sharma.

On display are dramatic sculptures and paintings tracing scenes from the life of Buddha, and symbols used to represent Buddhist concepts.

Highlights include a 1.2-metre tall sandstone standing Buddha dating back to the 5th century, and a 10th century carving of Queen Maya giving birth to Buddha.

The exhibition takes place in the 50th year of Singapore’s independence, and celebrates the 50th year of diplomatic relations between India and Singapore.

The exhibiton will run until August 16.

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