Lost Kingdoms at the Met

Posted 09 April 14

A ground-breaking international loan exhibition devoted to the Hindu-Buddhist art of first-millennium Southeast Asia will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning April 14.

Some 160 sculptures will be featured, many of them large-scale stone sculptures, terracottas, and bronzes. They include a significant number of national treasures lent by governments of Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar (which has signed its first-ever international loan agreement in order to lend their treasures to this exhibition), as well as loans from France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 6th Century will explore the sculptural traditions of the Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms from the early 5th to the close of the 8th century in mainland and insular Southeast Asia.
Lost Kingdoms will be organized thematically in seven sections representing the major narratives that have shaped the region’s distinct cultural identities.

The Shiva’s World section will present the cult of Shiva and his family, including Parvati, Ganesha and Skanda, and the cult of Shiva-linga as divine protector.

(above: 'Ganesha', Southern Cambodia, Pre-Angkor period, 7th century - below: 'Ganesha', Central Vietnam, 8th century)

The Arrival of Buddhism section will explore the early expressions of the Buddhist faith in Southeast Asia, featuring a series of life-size Buddha images – from Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – showing the universality of the Buddha’s message expressed in distinctive regional styles.

(above: 'Buddha Offering Protection', Southern Cambodia, second half of 6th century - below: 'Buddha in Meditation', Central Thailand, 6th-7th century)

Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia
April 14 - July 27, 2014

The Tisch Galleries
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York