Gateway to Himalayan Art exhibition brings ancient Buddhist relics to Lehigh Valley

March 5, 2023 1:00PM

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Dozens of red crates full of carefully packed Buddhist relics landed at Lehigh University Art Galleries last year.

They now have been opened up, and their contents — some of them thousands of years old — are on display.

'Gateway to Himalayan Art' is running at the Lehigh University Art Galleries until May 26
It showcases a number of ancient Buddhist art pieces, mainly from the Himalayan region
The pieces are borrowed from the Rubin Museum of Art in New York
It's free to visit and open to the public
"Well, some of the crates contain paintings, and a particular type of painting that's included in the exhibition [is] called Thangka, which are scroll paintings," William Crow, Director of the LUAG said.
Crow made that comment last year, while gleefully watching a team of staff wearing gloves delicately pull them out of the wooden box.

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