First-Ever SCO Online International Exhibition On Shared Buddhist Heritage Commences

First-Ever SCO Online International Exhibition On Shared Buddhist Heritage Commences

Exhibition presents Buddhist art antiquities from SCO countries on a single platform through state of art technologies

New Delhi, Dec 1 (TNA) The SCO online International exhibition, first ever of its kind, developed and curated by National Museum, New Delhi, in active collaboration with SCO member countries was thrown open by Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday. The exhibition deploys state of the art technologies like 3D scanning, webGL platform, virtual space utilization, innovative curation and narration methodology etc.

The exhibition can be accessed at https://nmvirtual.in/ for worldwide viewing.This Buddhist philosophy and art of Central Asia connects Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries to each other. This online international exhibition presents an excellent opportunity for visitors to access, appreciate and compare Buddhist art antiquities from SCO countries on a single platform and from the comfort of their home.

Such transnational online exhibition also has potential to connect, heal and rejuvenate communities in current pandemic times. The international exhibition gives a glimpse of the artistic wealth displayed in various museums across Asia, and represents the artistic excellence embedded within an eclectic historical timeline spanning across the development of different Schools of Buddhism.

The participating institutions are National Museum (New Delhi), Indian Museum (Kolkata), National Museum of Kazakhstan, Dun Huang Academy (China), National Historical Museum of the Kyrgyz Republic, Museums of Pakistan, State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow (Russia), National Museum and National Museum of Antiquities, Tajikistan and renowned archaeological sites of Uzbekistan.

The visitors can explore the Indian Buddhist treasures from the Gandhara and Mathura Schools, Nalanda, Amaravati, Sarnath etc. in a 3D virtual format.The Pakistan hall depicts the life of Gautama Buddha and Buddhist Art through a collection of impressive Gandhara art objects from Karachi, Lahore, Taxlia, Islamabad, SWAT and Peshawar museums. These include fasting Siddhartha and footprint of Buddha from Sikri, meditating Buddha from Sahri Bahloi, miracle of Shravasti from Gandhara etc.

The prime attraction of Tajikistan hall is the 13 meter long reclining - ‘Buddha in Nirvana’ from Ajina-Tepa.

Over 100 objects from State Oriental Art Museum, Moscow, depict the Buddhist Buryat Art of Russia through icons, ritual objects, monastery traditions etc. The Dunhuang Academy of China contributed a rich digital collection on Buddhist Art from Dunhunag that include ingenious architecture, resplendent murals, decorative designs, costumes etc.

The marvels of Buddhist art from ancient Termez, Karatepa, Fayaztepa heritage sites can be seen in the Uzbekistan hall. The exhibition also showcases rare Buddhist art objects from various heritage sites and museums of Kazakhstan and Kyrygstan.

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