MapQuest to Heaven

Womb World, one of a pair of 13th-century Japanese hanging scrolls, Mandalas of Both Worlds. Courtesy Brooklyn Museum

Womb World, one of a pair of 13th-century Japanese hanging scrolls, Mandalas of Both Worlds. Courtesy Brooklyn Museum

A great review in the New York Times about ancient Japanese mandalas. These look quite different than the more commonly exhibited works from Bhutan and Tibet. This is a rare opportunity to view these until November, if you are going to be in New York City.

Art Review | ‘Japanese Mandalas’
If You Go: Cosmic MapQuests to Enlightenment
By HOLLAND COTTER
Published: July 17, 2009
With Buddhist sculpture, portraits, and cosmiclike paintings, the Metropolitan Museum offers an homage to a spiritual leader.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/17/arts/design/17mandalas.html

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