NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City exhibition takes visitors inside an ancient Buddhist cave. It's an 8th century replica from the Mogao Caves near the Gobi Desert. They caves were carved into the cliffs near the oasis town of Dunhuang from 366 to about 1300. "Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road" at the China Institute Gallery in Manhattan runs through July 21.
It transports visitors to a spectacular world of Buddhist art and religion expressed in brilliant colors and narrative paintings. The exhibition also recreates a 6th century Central Stupa Pillar. That's an elaborate square altar that highlights the religious ritual whereby the faithful walk clockwise around the altar in veneration of the Buddhas contained in four niches.