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Edwin Binney 3rd Memorial Lecture: In Search of Beautiful Friends: Story of a Dispersed Buddhist Palm-Leaf Manuscript

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Mar
20

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10:00AM

Edwin Binney 3rd Memorial Lecture: In Search of Beautiful Friends: Story of a Dispersed Buddhist Palm-Leaf Manuscript

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Saturday, March 20
10:00–11:30 a.m. PT
Speaker: Dr. Sonya Rhie Mace, George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor Department of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Four of the oldest paintings in the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at The San Diego Museum of Art are from a Buddhist manuscript made in Nepal around the 1100s. Known as the Gandavyuha-sutra, the Sanskrit text describes the young merchant Sudhana’s quest to find “beautiful friends” who explain how to reach enlightenment. Ever since the 1950s, when a number of leaves entered museum collections throughout the United States, art historians have praised the paintings for their lyricism and visual appeal. Until recently, only about 42 pages were known worldwide, but within the last decade many more have come to light. This lecture presents new research on the history, structure, and interpretation of this long-celebrated illuminated manuscript.

Please reserve your spot by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once you secure your place. Space is limited.

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$10 for North American & European registrants | Free for all others

 

Sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council.

 

Featured: Sudhana traveling through a rocky landscape with two bulls (detail), Nepal, 12th century. Opaque watercolor and ink on palm leaf. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. 1990.154

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Date:
March 20, 2021
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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