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Past Exhibitions: 2009

Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculptures from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University

May 23 through August 16, 2009

This exhibition features 22 important sculptures that now for the first time can be ascribed to specific Buddhist sites such as Xiangtanshan, Longmen, and Tianlonghsan. The sculptures—steles, full figures, and heads of divinities, as well as funerary objects—provide a comprehensive view of how art manifests ritual practice and reveals, through iconography, the transmission and transformation of cultures from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE) through the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE). The exhibition will explore both indigenous and imported trends during the period. Emphasis will be placed on works from the sixth century CE, a time of great intellectual ferment and artistic creation, when change and innovation occurred in political and Buddhist centers in China.

This exhibition and tour are organized by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.

Major support for the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue came from the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Contributions were also received from Giuseppe Eskenazi, London; Dorothy Tapper Goldman; James J. Lally; Dr. David and Mrs. Elvi Menke; and Howard and Mary Ann Rogers.

This Ann Arbor presentation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and Center for Chinese Studies.




Votive Stele, Dedicated by Monk Zhilang

Votive Stele, Dedicated by Monk Zhilang
Eastern Wei dynasty (534-550), dated to 548
Limestone, with traces of pigment
Columbia University, Sackler Collections, S0270
Photographed by Maggie Nimkin



Votive Stele

Votive Stele
Tang dynasty (618-906)
Limestone
Columbia University, Sackler Collections, S4426
Photographed by Maggie Nimkin



Standing Buddha

Standing Buddha
Northern Qi dynasty (550-577)
Marble, with limestone base
Columbia University, Sackler Collections, S3516
Photographed by Maggie Nimkin



Kneeling Bodhisattva

Kneeling Bodhisattva
Tang dynasty (618-906)
Limestone
Columbia University, Sackler Collections, S1119
Photographed by Maggie Nimkin



VRelief with Guardian Figure

Relief with Guardian Figure
Late Northern Wei dynasty (386-534), dated to 533
Originally on the south wall of the Lianhua Cave and Longmen
Limestone
Columbia University, Sackler Collections, S1100
Photographed by Maggie Nimkin