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Exhibition of Chinese Buddhist ritual art comes to Holden

The exhibition, free and open to the public, will be available for viewing during regular gallery hours of 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. weekends, or by appointment. Special events also will be held throughout the monthlong program.

"For the Sake of All Beings" features a set of rare and exquisite hand-painted scrolls used in the Water and Land Rite (Shuilu fahui), a most elaborate and impressive Chinese Buddhist ritual that can be traced directly to the 10th century. The set of ritual scrolls was commissioned about 10 years ago in China as a hand-painted copy of the famous Baoning Monastery Water and Land paintings that date to the 15th century and the Ming dynasty.

Like the 15th-century original, the set of 139 scrolls was painted by a group of unknown, unnamed artisan painters. Measuring 28" x 72" each and painted on fine silk, the set is likely the only one of its kind in the West and one of a few circulating anywhere in the world today.

Also on display during the exhibition will be iconic images, brocade decorations, ritual implements, musical instruments and votive offerings imported from China.

Info: www.warren-wilson.edu/~shuilu or contact Hun Lye, hlye@warren-wilson.edu or ext. 2005.

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