Jeffrey Durham, Assistant Curator of Himalayan Art at the Asian Art Museum, discusses the secrets of the stupa in the museum's collection modeled on the famous pilgrimage Swayambhu Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A series of lectures (approx. 20 minutes per lecture)
View short videos, talks, and listen to an audio tour on the sacred arts of Bhutan. East of Mount Everest and bordered by India and Tibet, Bhutan is a remote and mystical kingdom, considered by many as “The Last Shangri-La.” A sovereign nation that has maintained its cultural, artistic, and religious traditions intact, it is one of the few countries in Asia never colonized by its neighbors or Western powers. The first exhibition of its kind, The Dragon's Gift provided an exceptionally rare opportunity to view some of the most sacred and beloved Buddhist arts in Bhutan. (On view at the Asian Art Museum from February 20–May 10, 2009).