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Sunday, May 16, 2021


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Charged with Buddha’s Blessings Relics from an Ancient Stupa

The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th St.,
New York, USA
May 30, 2020 To May 30, 2021


Detail: See it to believe whether Buddhist relics and their stories have power. In 1898, excavation of a site in Piprahwa, northern India, revealed an ancient stupa with five intact reliquaries, one of which had an inscription claiming it contained the remains of the Buddha. This installation tells the story of this remarkable discovery and features the offerings of gems and gold foil ornaments that were enshrined together with the reliquaries. In essence, these items can be considered “contact relics,” imbued with the blessings of the Buddha’s corporeal remains, objects with the power to increase merit.

Curated by Elena Pakhoutova.

Phone No.: (212) 620-5000
Contact Email: [email protected]
Site URL: https://rubinmuseum.org/events/exhibitions/charged-with-buddhas-blessings



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