Chinese bowl bought for $35 at a yard sale could make half a million

A small floral bowl bought at a yard sale in Connecticut for just $35 has been identified as an exceptionally rare 15th-century Chinese antique. The intricate blue-and-white artifact, which features motifs of lotus, peony, chrysanthemum and pomegranate blossoms, was originally commissioned by China’s imperial court during the Ming dynasty. It is now expected to sell […]

10th century Buddha Vihar discovered in Jharkhand’s Hazaribag

As per the evidence found in Hazaribagh, it appeared that the Buddhist structures were built during the Pala period, said an archaeologist with the ASI. A 10th century structure resembling a small ‘Buddha Vihar’ (Buddhist shrine-cum-monastery) has been discovered during an excavation, being carried out by Archeological Survey of India (ASI), in foothills of Juljul […]

‘Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society’ Resumes Museum Tour

Made in India, Tamil Nadu Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Shiva Nataraja) , Chola period, ca. 970. Copper alloy. Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.20 Courtesy American Federation of Arts Made in China, Jiangxi Province Flask , Ming period, early 15th century (probably Yongle era, 1403 – […]

Hai Phong pagoda enshrines the Buddha in a cave

Leaning on a mountain and overlooking the beach, the Hang Pagoda in northern Hai Phong City is a spiritually and historically significant place of worship. The pagoda, also known as Coc Tu, is situated in Zone 1, Van Son Ward in Hai Phong City’s Do Son District. Some scholars have reportedly said that this is […]

Archaeological excavation recovers remnants of a Shiva Lingam at ancient Tamil temple site

An excavation by Sri Lanka’s archaeological department recovered ancient remains of a structure resembling a Shiva Lingam at the site of the Athi Aiyanar temple located in the Kurunthoormalai area of Mullaitivu. This finding comes just weeks after Vidura Wickramanayaka, Sri Lanka’s state minister for ‘national heritage’, led an event where a new Buddha statue […]

China retrieves Buddha-head sculpture missing for a century

A stone Buddha head stolen from one of the statues in north China’s Tianlongshan Grottoes almost a century ago has been retrieved, the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) said Thursday. The Buddha head, which was brought back from Japan on Dec. 12, is the 100th relic retrieved by China from overseas in 2020, according to […]

Ancient Buddha statues shine under modern lights at night

The Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site located in Luoyang City, central China’s Henan Province, has opened for night tours, allowing visitors to see the ancient Buddha statues gleam under modern lights. The site is home to 2,300 grottoes with 110,000 Buddhist statues and images, over 80 dagobas and 2,800 inscribed tablets created […]

Buddha in Gandhara

Book review In her search for connecting civilisations, Sunita Dwivedi has been on the road for decades. Buddha in Gandhara is her fourth book. It recreates a journey in the footsteps of Buddhism, along the Lahore-Peshawar and Kabul-Samangan routes to the once thriving cities of Gandhara. The seed of her travels in Gandhara was sown […]

Kolkata sculptor commissioned to build the 100 feet tall statue which will be installed in Bodh Gaya likely next year

Bodh Gaya, the holy town in Bihar, where Gautama Buddha attained his enlightenment, attracts pilgrims and travellers from home and abroad. Main pilgrim attractions include the Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which enshrines the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha gained his enlightenments and the holy spots where he spent the next seven weeks […]