Symposium—Tree & Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India and Its Global Reach

Venue: The Met Fifth Avenue
Date & Time:
2023-9-29 to 2023-9-30

Join an international group of scholars for a two-day symposium presenting new scholarship around the themes explored in the exhibition Tree & Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India, 200 BCE–400 CE. The keynote lecture is presented by Gregory Schopen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles.

View the symposium program and abstracts.

Free with Museum admission, though advance registration is required.

Day 1: Friday, September 29, 10:30 am–6 pm
Session 1: Origins of Buddhist Art in India
Session 2: Southern Buddhism of Āndhradeśa
Keynote lecture

Day 2: Saturday, September 30, 10:30 am–6 pm
Session 3: Revisiting Āndhradeśa Art History
Session 4: India and the World—Looking West
Session 5: India and the World—Looking East
Roundtable discussion

Organized by The Met in cooperation with NYU Center for Global Asia, NYU Shanghai Center for Global Asia, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University.

This symposium is made possible by the Fred Eychaner Fund.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tree & Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India, 200 BCE–400 CE.

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