Asia is the birthplace of many of the world’s major systems of belief, and reflects the religious diversity of the planet. This installation presents the deities and artistic traditions of the world’s most populous continent, representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and more.
Religion and Ritual is part of a groundbreaking re-installation of the Ackland Art Museum’s Asian galleries, presenting the Museum’s acclaimed collection of art from across the continent. Read the press release.
Images of works of art from the collection of the Ackland Art Museum, L to R:
Pagoda-handled Bell, Japanese, Kamakura period (1185-1333 CE); gilt bronze. 6-1/2 x 2-7/16 x 2-7/16 in. The William A. Whitaker Foundation Art Fund, 2014.17.
Sutra Cover, Chinese, c. 1410; Qianjin lacquer. 28-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 1-1/4 in. The William A. Whitaker Foundation Art Fund, 2005.17ab.
Vishnu, Indian (Mysore), Hoyshala Period, 14th century; chloristic schist. 39-1/2 x 29-5/8 x 3-11/16 in. Gift of Harry Lenart, 71.22.1.