Thursday, October 1, 2015

McClung Museum acquires important early Buddhist sculpture

Stela with Buddha Sakyamuni, Northern Wei Dynasty (386–534), China, Painted Limestone, Gift of Drs. Colin Johnstone and John Fong, 2015.11.1.
TENNESSEE---The McClung Museum recently acquired an important early Chinese Buddhist sculpture, which is currently on view at the museum. The piece was given to the museum by Colin Johnstone and John Fong of Boston, Massachusetts, who are collectors of Chinese art. The stela, or relief sculpture, is made of painted limestone and once would have graced a Buddhist temple. It serves as an important example of the first distinctively Chinese style of Buddhist art, which emerged during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534). [link]