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Oriental Museum collections on display in Taiwan

(18 May 2018)

A new exhibition based on Durham University research and featuring objects from the Oriental Museum is now open at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Taiwan.

'Walking with the Buddha: discovering the natal landscape of the Buddha' opened on 12th May. Throughout the summer, visitors from around the globe will be able to experience this research-led exhibition created by the team from Durham.

The exhibition explores the results of archaeological excavations at Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal, and other important sites in the region. This work has been undertaken by Durham University's UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage. The exhibition showcases 3D printed reconstructions of the earliest temples at Lumini and other outcomes of the research, including work to support and engage local communities in Nepal.

Ancient Buddhist sculpture and historic photographs from the Oriental Museum's collections also feature in the exhibition. The Oriental Museum is fortunate to be home to a significant collection of early Buddhist art. More than 30 pieces from the collection have travelled to Taiwan for the exhibition. 

The Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum attracts up to 10 million visitors a year. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of Durham University's world-class hidden treasures to a huge international audience and combine the museum's important historic artefacts with the latest research.