Qingzhou Buddhas

A limestone statue of the Bodhisattva, from th...A Bodhisattva produced in Henan during the Northern Qi Dynasty. Image via Wikipedia

Dhamma Musings had an interesting post about an exhibition at the Peranakan Museum in Singapore titled Serenity in Stone (check out the nifty video).

As uncool as I am, I had never heard of this site before.

Located in Shandong Province, a cache of Buddha images were unearthed in 1996 by construction workers. Most of the figures were from 529-577 AD, during the Northern Wei, Eastern Wei, and Northern Qi Dynasties. Source: The Return of the Buddha, an interactive flash exhibition of the Qingzhou Buddhas from when they were featured at The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 2004. If you’re into art history you will definitely enjoy the online exhibition.

In 2008 the collection went through the Asia Art Gallery of New South Wales which created short parallel texts in English and Chinese (if you’re like me and you’re trying to improve your Chinese language skills in archaeology and art, parallel texts are like golden nuggetts find more texts on this part of their site).

For more (English) reading on the Buddhas check out this 2002 treatise from the Royal Academy of Arts (pdf).

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