The Six Senses of Buddhism

March 23 - June 30, 2019

An array of multisensory experiences

Art museums generally give primacy to the sense of sight. Religious and ritual objects, on the other hand, stimulate an array of multisensory experiences. Focusing on works from UMMA’s collection associated with different types of Japanese Buddhism, we engage all of the six senses in this exhibition. These six are integral to Buddhist devotion: sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste, and mind (or the activity of thinking, including what is perceived via the other senses). The “Six Senses” gallery experience extends beyond vision to include: the sound of chanting and ritual implements; the fragrance of incense; the feel of bronze, ceramic, and silk; and the creation of mental images. Our goal for visitors, is to gain a deeper understanding of the nature and histories of objects used in Buddhist practice.

Acknowledgements
 
Lead support for The Six Senses of Buddhism is provided by the Japan Business Society of Detroit Foundation and the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies.
 

Images

Taima Temple Mandala: Amida Welcomes Chūjōhime to the Western Paradise, 16th century, ink, color and gold on silk. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum Purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund, 2002/1.169

Lion-form incense burner, 1615–1868, finely-textured stoneware with glaze. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Ann Holmes, 2013/1.331A&B

Pair of prayer bells (lontjeng), 1500–1699, bronze. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum Purchase, 1957/2.53&54

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatMar 23
Exhibition Opens
Wed
Mar 20
2019
 Local Learning at Literati: Six Senses of Buddhism
7:00pm8:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Mar 31
2019
The Six Senses of Buddhism
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Apr 28
2019
The Six Senses of Buddhism
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
SunJun 30
Exhibition Closes