Art of Gandhara: Buddhist Art from Pakistan at the Asia Society

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Vision of a Buddha Paradise. Pakistan. 4th century CE. Light gray schist.

In this week's Arts File, Lance Luckey speaks with Melissa Chiu, museum director at the Asia Society, about "The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara," an exhibition of 70 pieces of Buddhist artwork from Pakistan. The stone carved buddhas, gold and silverwork, and architectural reliefs were created from the 1st century B.C. through the 5th century A.D. in a region once known as Gandhara, which includes parts of modern-day northwest Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. The exhibition, which almost fell through due to a series of snafus tied to American-Pakistani relations, opens August 9th and runs through October.