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Art in Taiwan

July 23, 2010

July 20, 2010

An exhibition of Tibetan art has opened at
Taiwan’s National Palace Museum called "Tibet --
Treasures from the Roof of the World."

The star attraction is a statue dating from the
17th century, called the "thousand hand Buddha goddess."

Exhibition curator Lee Yu-Min said that the
details on the statue were difficult to make,
especially all the layers of hands. She added
that the craftsmen who made it must have been
very talented, and that the museum was very happy
to be able to include the piece.

Another rare item on display is an 11th century
statue of Maitreya, representing Buddha reborn.
It is a clear example of the cultural interchange between India and Tibet.

In another room, Tibetan monks are demonstrating
the art of painting with sand, dropping each
grain into place with their fingers. The process
is so tedious and time-consuming that they treat
it as a form of meditation. It can be destroyed
in seconds by a gust of wind ­ a reminder that nothing lasts forever.

The exhibition runs until 19th September.

For more information see:
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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