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The central pillar of Mogao Cave 432 from the Western Wei Dynasty, 535-556 AD, is presented in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)(Credit: AP)

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Buddhist art exhibit at China Institute in NYC

On display at The China Institute Gallery in Manhattin through July 21, "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" features a replica of an 8th century cave carved into the limestone cliffs at the edge of the Gobi Desert southeast of the oasis town of Dunhuang from 366 to about 1300. Visitors are taken back more than a millennium to a dazzling world where Buddhist worshippers adorned the walls with colorful frescoes, silk prayer banners and lavishly painted life-size clay sculptures.

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