Like many museums, the Rubin posts details about the origins (date, place and materials) for each work. But even more interesting, each piece is explained for content. I am not an expert on the prominent figures of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. So, it added to my enjoyment to be able to read about these significant features in full context. Also, there is an area that explains how the ancient works were first made of wood, then clay, then stone and finally metal. There are detailed examples of how pieces were constructed... what a great idea! It's especially interesting to see the process for hollow castings. If you ever wondered how Buddhism spread from India (Tibet) into China and Indonesia, then you are in for a treat. This is outlined very well at the Rubin along with wonderful examples of the art and symbols that resulted. I started at the top floor and worked my way down. Allow 1/2 day to check out all the great stuff.
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