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Sutra Container, c. 1139, bronze, Sylvan Barnet and William Burto Collection.

A Collector’s Thoughts on Buddhist Texts and Ritual Objects from Japan

Sunday, Dec 08, 2013
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Sylvan Barnet in conjunction with the exhibition from his collection, “Words and Things: Buddhist Texts and Ritual Objects from Japan.”

Exploring the significance of words in Buddhist practice, Words and Things features exquisite fragments of Buddhist sutras, or texts based on the life and teachings of the Buddha, from the 8th century written in gold and silver ink on decorated paper; an 8th-century miniature wooden pagoda; and ritual objects that include an extraordinary bamboo sutra cover, bronze sutra containers, clay and bronze reliquaries, a bronze vajra (stylized lightning bolt), and bronze finials for priests'  staffs. Professor Barnet discusses the ongoing role that collecting has played in his life.

The lecture is followed by a reception to meet the speaker and an exhibition viewing.

Your ticket is free with general admission. Secure your seat in advance! Click the "Get Tickets" button and use your own printer; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; the National Museum of Korea; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Cameron International Corporation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.