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Dunhuang Caves Showcase Buddhist Paintings and Sculptures

Art Experts Share Images, Talk on Sites Dating Back 1000 Years
Goddess of Mercy, southern wall, Cave 57, Early Tang. (Dunhuang Academy, Mogaoku, Dunhuang, Gansu, China)

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 1000 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



In collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Friends of Asian Art at the MFAH, the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University, and the Chong Mei Cultural Forum.

The Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonChao Center for Asian StudiesChong Mei Cultural Fourum


Event Details

Thu 13 Feb 2014

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005

Free with reservations. Use the link below, call 713.639.7771, or visit any MFAH admissions desk.