National Museum of Korea displaying Hindu god masks

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NEVADA - Prestigious National Museum of Korea (NMK) in Seoul is displaying masks of Hindu gods in an exhibition which will continue till September 11 next year.

Titled “Hindu God Masks of Nepal”, it shows Hindu gods’ masks made from clay and paper and used by Newar tribes of Nepal.

Commending NMK for this Hinduism focused exhibition, prominent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

NMK, organized in 1945, is the flagship museum of Korean history and art in South Korea with a collection of about 250,000 artifacts. A world-class institution, it gets over 2.7 million visitors and Choe Kwang-shik is its Director. (ANI)

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