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Buddhist art exhibit at China Institute in NYC

A full-scale replica cave from the 8th century

A full-scale replica cave from the 8th century that contains the Bodhisattva of the Mogao Caves is presented in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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.

The central pillar of Mogao Cave 432 from
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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)

A full-scale replica cave from the 8th century
Photo Credit: AP

A full-scale replica cave from the 8th century that contains the Bodhisattva of the Mogao Caves is presented in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

A full-scale replica cave from the 8th century
Photo Credit: AP

A full-scale replica cave from the 8th century that contains the Bodhisattva of the Mogao Caves is presented in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

The central pillar of Mogao Cave 432, from
Photo Credit: AP

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

A silk banner with floral appliquets, left, and
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A silk banner with floral appliquets, left, and a prayer banner are on display as part of "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

A full-scale replica cave from the 8th century
Photo Credit: AP

A full-scale replica cave from the 8th century that contains the Bodhisattva of the Mogao Caves is part of the "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" exhibit at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

A fragment of a document on mathematics, written
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A fragment of a document on mathematics, written in Tibetan, from the Yuan Dynasty, 1271-1368 AD, is displayed in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

Bodhisattva holding a lotus, right, and other sculptures
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Bodhisattva holding a lotus, right, and other sculptures of the Northern Wei Dynasty, 386-534 AD, are displayed in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

A handwritten Buddhist scripture, from the Tang Dynasty,
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A handwritten Buddhist scripture, from the Tang Dynasty, 618-907 AD, is displayed in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

Decorative floor tiles and
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Decorative floor tiles and "Celestial Music" from Mogao Cave 288 are displayed in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

A Tangut-Chinese bilingual dictionary from the Western Xia
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A Tangut-Chinese bilingual dictionary from the Western Xia Dynasty, 1038-1227 AD, is displayed in "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at New York's China Institute. (April 24, 2013)

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