Thursday, October 8, 2015

Evolution of Buddhist sculptures over two millennia

THE KOREAN HERALD
Preaching Buddha, 2nd-3rd century, Gandhara (Museum of Asian Art, Berlin)
KOREA—A rare exhibition in Seoul traces the origins of Buddhist statues and follows transitions in Buddha images with the spread of Buddhism across Asia for 700 years.  The exhibit, currently at the National Museum of Korea, brings together what the executive director of the Tokyo National Museum Zeniya Masami calls in its opening "an unprecedented number of Buddhist statues shown in a museum" -- 210 pieces on loan from 26 institutions in China, Japan, India, Vietnam, the U.K., the U.S. and Germany. [link]