The Dragon’s Gift – The Sacred Arts of Bhutan
Paris, Musée Guimet

More than one hundred Buddhist works of art – on loan from thirty temples and monasteries of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan located between Tibet and the Indian State of Assam – come for the first time to the Western world, and to view outside of Bhutan.

This is a rare opportunity to explore the major iconographical themes and styles of Tantric Buddhism, Bhutan’s official religion, an esoteric form of Buddhism that was born in India and spread to the Himalayan region, to Tibet and Bhutan, in the 8th century. The works presented range from the 8th to the 19th centuries, with the golden age of Bhutanese art between the 17th and 19th centuries, and include painted or embroidered thangkas, as well as metal sculptures and liturgical objects. Dance traditions are presented in clips of films made in Bhutan.
This exhibition allows the Guimet Museum to participate in the celebration of the centenary of the reign of the Wangchuck dynasty and Bhutan’s adoption of its first constitution in 2008.

October 7, 2009 – January 25, 2010
6 place d’Iena
75006 Paris
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