“Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road” at the China Institute

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road” is open at the China Institute in New York, featuring art works, high-relief clay figures, wooden sculptures, silk banners, and molded bricks from the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China. The exhibit also includes a replica of an 8th-century cave in a cliff in the Gobi Desert, where hundreds of caves were carved out of limestone and turned into Buddhist shrines.

Though art from the caves has been exhibited before, this is the first time it’s been shown in the context of a replica cave. The caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and only a few of them are open to the public at any time. The exhibit runs through July 21 at the China Institute in America, 125 East 65th Street in New York. For more information, click here.