Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sixth-Century Buddhist Sculpture Highlighted Through New Technology in Smithsonian Gallery

The Cosmic Buddha, a life-size limestone figure of Vairochana, is wrapped in the simple robe of a monk.
WASHINGTON, DC---Through cutting-edge digital technology, previously hidden meanings of a masterpiece of ancient Chinese sculpture may now be accessed by museum visitors, students and scholars. A new interactive installation presents the original sixth-century work alongside the evolving methods used to study it—from rubbings and photographs to the technological possibilities of today. “Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D” will be on view in the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through December 2016.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: "Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D" (Ends December 2016); Smithsonian Institute, Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW, 1050 Independence Ave, Washington, DC;  (202)633-4880;