Temple Murals of Pureland Paradise

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Temple Murals of Pureland Paradise, Ca. 1450, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), China, Polychrome, gilding, and gesso on plaster and bamboo, 126 x 127 3/16 in. (320 x 323.1 cm), Museum purchase with funds provided by the 1987 Museum Dinner and Ball, 1987.34.1-.2

While the Museum is closed and the BMA team is working from home, many of us are thinking about our favorite #ArtEscapes in the collection. Dr. Katherine Paul, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, has the Temple Murals of Pureland Paradise on her mind. She says:

“Welcome to paradise! These gilded and colorful larger-than-life Buddhist murals were intended to inspire awe and remind viewers of a future time when humanity will be surrounded by wish-granting trees, prosperity, good fortune, and harmony. We look forward to rejoicing together!”

Looking for even more #ArtEscapes? Take a look at our recent staff picks here or discover your own in our digital collection!