The Silk Road facilitated centuries of cross-cultural interactions through a network of trade routes that stretched between east and west. Accordingly, the oasis cities of the Silk Road were important centers of religion and commerce. The Mogao Buddhist cave shrines located near the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province in northwestern China are comprised of nearly five hundred man-made caves carved from the mountainside and installed with mural paintings and sculptures.
Professor Michelle C. Wang from the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University will discuss the multicultural legacy of the Mogao site by examining select examples of mural paintings from the cave shrines as well as manuscripts and portable paintings recovered from Cave 17, known as the “library cave.” This event is cosponsored by the Silk Roads Series, the WFU Departments of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Humanities Institute with support made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Admission is free.