Exhibition of Indian and Chinese sculptures opens in Fuzhou
On January 25, the exhibition “Across the Silk Road: Gupta Sculptures and Their Chinese Counterparts during 400-700 CE”, co-organized by the Palace Museum, National Museum of India and Fujian Museum, opened in Fuzhou. Dr. Shan Jixiang, Director of the Palace Museum, Mr. Chen Shaojun, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC Fujian Provincial Committee, Mr. Li Lin, Vice President of Fujian People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India in Guangzhou, and leaders of the Provincial Department of Culture and Fujian Museum attended the opening ceremony.
This exhibition is an achievement of President Xi Jinping’s state visit to India in 2015. It showcases 141 sculptures created between 400 and 700 CE, including 56 items from the Gupta Dynasty and 85 items from the same period in China. It will last until May of this year.
China and India are neighbors and cultural partners. From the fourth to the sixth century, the Gupta Empire was at its zenith marked by flourishing arts and culture. The period is called the Golden Age of India. At the same time, Indian Buddhism and Buddhist art spread to China and integrated with Chinese culture. Most niches of world-renowned Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes were carved out during this period. This exhibition displays the beauty of Chinese and Indian sculpture in its peak time, which bears testimony to the time-honored friendship and cultural exchanges between the two countries.
The Ninth BRICS Summit will be held in Xiamen, Fujian this September. This exhibition, a warm-up event for the upcoming summit, will help Fujian people learn more about Indian art and culture, as well as the history of China-India friendship.