"Rugs and Ritual in Tibetan Buddhism” Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

poster for "Rugs and Ritual in Tibetan Buddhism” Exhibition

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Thirty works dedicated to the enactment of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, focusing on Tibetan tantric rugs as the seats of power employed by practitioners of esoteric Buddhism, will form this installation. These rugs typically depict the flayed skin of an animal or human and, together with associated ritual utensils, are the tools employed in the enactment of esoteric rites associated with protective deities. The employment of these images and ritual tools celebrate the power of detachment from the corporal body that advanced Buddhist practitioners strive to attain. It will feature two large ritual tangkas, together with the rugs upon which the practitioner sits, or upon which his ritual utensils are placed, as well as a rich assortment of associated ritual paraphernalia. Many are rarely seen objects from private collections.



from October 07, 2010 to June 26, 2011
Nov 3 10am, Dec 3 11am; Gallery Talk

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