Caves in the Museum: Recontextualizing Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
June 25, 2011
Phillip E. Bloom, PhD candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Medieval Chinese Buddhist sculptures invariably were produced as part of an elaborate ensemble of icons, sponsored by individuals for the performance of particular rituals. Focusing on Northern Wei and Tang dynasty stone sculptures from Tianlongshan, this talk will lead viewers from a close consideration of the visual qualities of these sculptures to an imagined reconstruction of the social and ritual contexts in which they were produced.
Free with the price of admission. Open to the public.
Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.
Gallery talks are informal and include discussion.