Buddha Statue, bronze
China: Late Ming Dynasty (early 17th century)
Buddhism, having arrived in China in the 1st century AD, allowed for the introduction of new artistic themes to China, especially when concerned with statuary. During the Tang Dynasty, China was relatively open to foreign influences, which was caused by the travels of Chinese Buddhist monks to India. Inspired by Indian art, Chinese sculpture became classical in nature. After the Tang Dynasty, views on foreign influences were more negative and foreign religions were outlawed in order to support Taoism. Many Buddhist paintings were discarded and destroyed as a result of these negative views on foreign religions.
Nevertheless, Buddhism is still popular in China today, which is residence to one of the richest collections of Buddhist arts in the world, containing sites such as the Leshan Giant Buddha and the Mogao Caves.
Q: What does the Leshan Buddha statue look like?
Q: What is the story of the complex Mogao Caves?