Metropolitan Museum of Art: Lost Kingdoms


Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century

April 14–July 27, 2014

This is the first international loan exhibition to explore the sculptural art produced in the earliest kingdoms of Southeast Asia. From the first millennium onward, powerful kingdoms emerged in the region, embracing much of Indic culture to give political and religious expression to their identities. Early Hinduism (Brahmanism) and Buddhism arrived early, first witnessed by Sanskrit inscriptions, and shortly thereafter by a proliferation of large-scale religious imagery.

The Metropolitan Museum Exhibition website has images of the exhibit objects. Fascinating! Great way to explore how Buddhism spread throughout Southeast Asia.

 

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