By SAT News Desk
NEW DELHI/MELBOURNE, 1 December 2020: A first-ever Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries online International Exhibition of Shared Buddhist Heritage is now on. Indian Vice-President Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chair of the SCO Council of Heads of Government in 2020 launched the exhibition, during the 19th meeting of the organization held in New Delhi recently.
The exhibition uses state of the art technologies like 3D scanning, webGL platform, virtual space utilization, innovative curation, and narration methodology, etc.
A PIB media release says, ” 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 homes.
The participating institutions are the 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.”
Visitors can explore the Indian Buddhist treasures from the Gandharaand Mathura Schools, Nalanda, Amaravati, Sarnathetc. in a 3D virtual format. Pakistan hall depicts the life of Gautama Buddha and Buddhist Art through a collection of impressive Gandharaart objects from Karachi, Lahore, Taxila, Islamabad, SWAT, and Peshawar museums. These include fasting Siddhartha and the footprint of Buddha from Sikri, meditating Buddha from SahriBahloi, the miracle of Sravasti from Gandhara, etc.
Over 100 objects from State Oriental Art Museum, Moscow, depict the Buddhist Buriyat 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 includes 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 Kyrgyzstan. The prime attraction of Tajikistan hall is the 13-meter long reclining – ‘Buddha in Nirvana’ from Ajina-Tepa.