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Tibetan art on show at uni

AN exhibition to promote ancient Tibetan art and culture opened yesterday at Shanghai’s Fudan University.

The event was launched to celebrate the 9th Chinese Cultural Heritage Day, which falls on the second Saturday of June every year. The exhibition, which runs through June 26 (closed on Mondays), includes almost 100 artworks, including the famous thangka scroll paintings.

Thangka are Tibetan silk paintings with embroidery that have a special place among Buddhists. Used as an aid to contemplation they can take several years to produce.

In 2006, the art form was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. Originally, only men were taught how to paint thangka, but women now also create them to help preserve the culture.

The exhibition includes both ancient and modern examples, with the oldest dating back to the 17th century, or the latter part of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The earliest were made in the eighth century.

Other items on display include wooden, clay and bronze sculptures of Buddha and ritual implements used in Tibetan Buddhism.

The exhibition at the Choi Koon Shum Humanities Building at 220 Handan Road opens from 9am-11am and 1pm-4pm, and admission is free.


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