Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ATLANTApix: The Buddha

Amitabha Buddha
Amitabha Buddha
Buddha can be found throughout Atlanta, most conspicuously in museums, such as the Amitabha Buddha pictured here. This one is part of the permanent collection of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art at Oglethorpe University.

Previously exhibited in 1986, this 25" Buddha is a 14th Century (Kamakura period) wood carving from Japan. It's covered with urushi, a lacquer made from a plant similar to poison ivy. Many of us have childhood memories of what poison ivy does to a camper, walker, nature explorer! It's not pretty. But this Buddha is.

You have only a few weeks left to see the current exhibit at the Museum. Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest, a beautiful exhibition of works by modern artists from India, is on display through Sunday, May 15, 2011.

ATLANTApix and ATLANTAvidz of the tourATLANTA blog features a daily photo or video relative to Atlanta. Come back tomorrow for a new one!

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