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An opportunity for inter-faith dialogue

The ongoing exhibition, Christianity In Asia: Sacred Art And Visual Splendour, at the Asian Civilisations Museum (Faith Crosses Into Art, Life, May 31) provides a great opportunity for inter-faith dialogue.

The common roots shared by Islam and Christianity are reflected in artefacts made by non-Christian artists for non-Christian patrons, such as the miniature paintings of Jesus' life commissioned by the Mughal court.

One can also spot how Christianity intersected with Buddhism and Hinduism, such as in the cross standing on a lotus flower, which is a Buddhist symbol, or the Hindu motifs and architectural forms in gold and silver caskets.

Tang Siew Ngoh


A miniature (above) that imagines Jesus’ life commissioned by Mughal rulers and a Crucifixion sculpted on a base that looks like a Chinese scholar’s rock are on display at the Asian Civilisations Museum. PHOTO: ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM


A miniature that imagines Jesus’ life commissioned by Mughal rulers and a Crucifixion sculpted on a base that looks like a Chinese scholar’s rock are on display at the Asian Civilisations Museum (above). PHOTO: PATRIMONIO DEL FONDO EDIFICI DI CULTO, ROME

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2016, with the headline 'An opportunity for inter-faith dialogue'. Print Edition | Subscribe