Buddha Sculptures through the centuries  

In this exhibition, I have chosen the theme of Buddha sculptures through the centuries and have added nine examples. This exhibition has iconic sculptures, detailed carvings and more to show case different artist skills and development through out the ages. Some also display the history of the Buddha the best they can with how ancient they are.

Seated Sakyamuni Buddha, Unknown, Taihe reign, 477, Northern Wei dynasty, From the collection of: National Palace Museum
This is a statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, and I chose this one because it is hailed as one of the most important gilt bronze Buddhist statues in the world due to it being whole and having an exact date.
Standing Shakyamuni Buddha flanked by two Bodhisattvas, Unknown, circa 545, From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
In this relief sculpture, Shakyamuni Buddha is shown with great detailed carvings, which were able to be done because of the quality of stone used, making it one of the choices for my exhibition.
Historical Buddha, late 6th-early 7th century, From the collection of: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
This sculpture of Shakyamuni Buddha is a rare fragile dry-lacquer method of making sculptures in China, making it very valuable and shows how the Buddha might have looked like in his prince life time.
Standing Buddha, Unknown, 0668/0935, From the collection of: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This is another example of gilt-bronze sculptures and what condition they are usually found in as it is missing its base and backing, and using this as a comparing photo is a reason I chose it.
Buddha Meditating Under the Bodhi Tree, Unknown, 900 A.D., From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
The Buddha under the tree is to symbolize him gaining his enlightenment and it being made of granite shows that who ever created this was on the wealthy side, and because of its symbolism I chose it.
Buddhist stele with Buddha and two Bodhisattvas, Unknown, 6th century, From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
This Buddha stele was suggest to be used in public places by worshipers as a purpose of adoration, as it contains an inscription hinting towards this use, and because of it known use I chose it.
Amitabha Buddha, Unknown, late 8th century-mid 9th century, From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
This sculpture is thought to be in a group that resided in a temple mandal and display the calm and serenity expected of the icon. The fact of it once being a temple buddha I put it in the exhibition.
Standing Amit^abha (Japanese: Amida), Buddha of the Western Paradise, Unknown, 1200's, From the collection of: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
This Japanese Buddha sculpture was most likely used as a praising icon as it has a warm and accepting symbols associated with the Buddha, and because of its simplicity I chose it for this exhibition.
Scenes from the life of the Buddha, late 2nd-early 3rd century, From the collection of: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
This relief sculpture shows the iconic moment when Buddha is reaching his enlightenment and is to connect with mother earth while sitting underneath his tree, this being the reason I chose this scene.
Scene from the life of the Buddha, Amaravati area, Andhra Pradesh, India, 3rd century, From the collection of: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
This relief sculpture shows before the Buddha was shown in human form and has allusions to him with an empty throne and foot prints, I chose this because of its great symbolism and illusions.
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