A visitor admires a mural of the illustration of the "Sutra of the Medicine Buddha" at the exhibition "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Dunhuang: Enchanting Tales for Millennium" at the Heritage Museum in Sha Tin, Hong Kong during a preview on Aug 23, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG – An exhibition featuring a selection of treasures from the Dunhuang Caves will run until Nov 21 at the Heritage Museum as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Dunhuang: Enchanting Tales for Millennium showcases 50 exhibits, including artifacts, reproductions of silk paintings, and a replica cave spanning over 1,000 years from the Northern Wei period to the Ming dynasty, according to the government.
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Additionally, over 100 murals are highlighted from more than 60 Dunhuang Caves, featuring a multitude of themes and artistic styles that traverse dynasties and geographical regions.
A visitor walks past the digital display "Dunhuang in a snapshot", which showcases a selection of near 100 snapshots of Dunhuang murals as a digital time tunnel along the themes of "Circle of Life", "In the Footsteps of Buddha" and "Boundless Legacy" at the exhibition preview on Aug 23, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)
Visitors can experience “a deeper understanding of Dunhuang culture and art, and experience the worldly and heavenly aspirations of ancient forebears in their pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful in the Buddhism realm of Dunhuang,” the government said.
Addressing the opening ceremony on Tuesday, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki said it is a great honor for the HKSAR government to jointly organize a large-scale exhibition with the Dunhuang Academy for the third time.
One of the highlight exhibits is a 1:1 replica of Yulin Cave 25 which exemplifies the finest of cave murals. There are also art-tech elements, such as the immersive digital program featuring the illustration of the “Sutra of the Profundity of Filial Love”, a silk painting dated from the Northern Song dynasty and discovered in Mogao Cave 17.
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