Shrine (Butsudan), Japan, Edo period, ca. 1800. Wood, lacquer, pigment, gilt, and metal, 33 x 16 x 13 inches (closed). Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Dileep and Martha Mehta, 2000.256a-d. Photography by Sean Pathasema.
Featuring approximately 70 works—including paintings, sculpture, and decorative objects—the exhibition contrasts the visions of heaven and hell, ideas that are central to Pure Land Buddhism. Curated by Dr. Emily Sano, PhD, the Coates-Cowden-Brown Senior Advisor for Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, the exhibition features some of the most stunning examples of works created as part of the sect's devotional and funerary traditions. They are drawn from fifteen private collections and institutions across the country and world as well as the Museum’s own Asian collections. Heaven and Hell will be on view through September 10, 2017.
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