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Goddess of Mercy, southern wall, Cave 57, Early Tang. Photo: Dunhuang Academy, Mogaoku, Dunhuang, Gansu, China.

Special Presentation “The Buddhist Caves of Dunhuang: World Heritage Site on China’s Silk Road”

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Fan Jinshi, director, Dunhuang Academy, and
Mimi Gates, director emerita, Seattle Art Museum

One of the world's great museums—some 500 caves at Dunhuang filled with Buddhist painting and sculpture—were created over 1,000 years, between the 4th and 14th centuries, on the Silk Road in northwest China. Using compelling images, Mimi Gates, director emerita of the Seattle Art Museum, introduces these magnificent Buddhist caves and their art, explaining why, how, and for whom they were created, and how they are being preserved today. Then, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear from the celebrated director of the Dunhuang Academy, Fan Jinshi, who tells her inspiring story of 50 years of dedicated effort to preserve this irreplaceable World Heritage site.

樊錦詩教授,  現任敦煌研究院院長,被譽為「敦煌的女兒」,將親自講


This lecture is free with Museum admission. Secure your seat in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

This special presentation is supported by Friends of Asian Art at the MFAH; Asia Society Texas Center; the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University; and the Chong Mei Cultural Forum.

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