Buddha gallery launch

By on 23/01/2012 in Culture, News
  • What: Representatives from the British Museum and local Buddhist groups visit Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to celebrate the loan of eight new artefacts from the British Museum.
  • Venue: The Buddha Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Time: 2pm Date: Tuesday 24 January 2012

Representatives from the British Museum and local Buddhist groups will attend a special launch event at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on Tuesday 24 January to celebrate the loan of eight artefacts from the British Museum's world-class collections.

The artefacts include a golden Buddha from Tibet and a magnificent Hindu shrine model carved from stone. The seven Tibetan, Burmese and Sri Lankan Buddhist loans highlight the variety of forms and materials employed in Buddhist sculpture and further illustrate the spread of Buddhism from its origins in northern India.

The artefacts were loaned to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in September 2011 and were blessed by a senior monk from Birmingham's Buddhist Vihara (monastery) last November.

The launch event will be attended by representatives from the British Museum (including Trustee Karen Armstrong and Dr. Sona Datta, Curator, South Asia Collections) who will be joined by representatives from the West Midlands Buddhist Council and the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) Buddhist Heart Choir.  Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport & Culture and Rita Mclean, Head of Museums and Heritage Services will also be present.

For further information on Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, please visit www.bmag.org.uk

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Media contact: Jason Lewis 0121 303 4266 jason.lewis@birmingham.gov.uk

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