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More Than the Buddha
April 7, 2010   
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Golden Burma. The Arts and Crafts of Myanmar is the title of an exhibition of items brought together by Andrzej Wawrzyniak, the director of the Asia and Pacific Museum. The exhibition is on display at the Azjatycka (Asian) Gallery in Warsaw.
Most of the 180 displayed items are religious objects connected with Buddhism, the prevailing religion in Myanmar. They include sculptures of the Buddha and bodhisattvas, ceremonial objects and vessels, tri-colored lacquer pictures, altars and architectural details. Visitors to the exhibition can also see an interesting collection of Buddhist manuscripts called kammavasa. There are also secular objects, including theater dolls, statues of kings, queens, wrestlers and shamans, figurines of legendary animals, decorative objects and musical instruments.
Most items in the exhibition are lacquered, gold-plated and decorated with cut glass, a typical feature of Myanmar art. The exhibited objects are part of one of the most valuable collections of the Asia and Pacific Museum.
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Until June 30
Asian Gallery, 5 Freta St.,
tel. 22 635-28-11
Open Mon., Tue., Sat. and Sun. noon-6 p.m. Wed. and Thu. 10 a.m.-6 .m.
Tickets zl.5 and 3 (discounted),
free admission on Thursdays.
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