Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century
April 14–July 27, 2014
"Lost Kingdoms" tracks the interactions between South and Southeast Asia in the first millennium, largely through the circulation of Hindu-Buddhist imagery throughout the diaspora, revealing the vast flow of ideas, imagery, artistic styles, and religious and political structures across the region. Imported concepts continued to evolve in their new setting, displaying substantial cultural and political transformations as they were absorbed and appropriated to suit the needs of the host cultures. It is the metamorphosis of Indian imagery into a Southeast Asian guise that defines this art's unique contribution.