Dunhuang in Seattle

Fragment of a manuscript of the Sutra on Solemn Attainment of Buddhahood by Means of Repentance to Extinguish Sins in a Great, Thorough, and Broad Way (Datong fangguang chanhui miezui zhuangyan chengfo jing), ca. 7th–8th century – Handscroll; ink on mulberry fiber paper – Chinese, Tang dynasty (618–907), attributed to Mogao, Dunhuang – Gift of Anna M. Bille, Fook-Tan, and Clara Ching, 2017.21
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Part of the Georgetown-IDP Lecture Series: Following the Silk Roads to North America

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Recent Silk Road projects at the Seattle Art Museum include the 2016 exhibition, Journey to Dunhuang: Buddhist art of the Silk Road caves, which displayed the Mogao caves through the eyes of photographers James C M and Lucy Lo during World War II. This talk focuses on a pandemic undertaking to unlock the provenance mystery of a Tang-dynasty Buddhist sutra in the museum’s collection. This manuscript fragment’s origins can now be traced directly to Mogao’s Library Cave.

Dr FOONG Ping received her PhD from Princeton University and is Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum, and Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington. She began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, and taught at the University of Chicago as Assistant Professor and at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently oversees the SAM’s extensive collection of Chinese art, from historic to modern and contemporary, in its presentation, research, care, and interpretation. She co-curated the reopening of Seattle Asian Art Museum after an expansion and extensive modernization of its landmark 1933 Art Deco building.

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Name: Dunhuang in Seattle
Where: British Library St Pancras
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