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Shandong Museum
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Stupa with Dragon and Tiger Commissioned by Yang Zan
Silver Stupa
Painted Buddha Statue with Gold Coating
Painted Head of Bodhisattva Statue
Buddha Statue
Painted Bodhisattva Statue
Buddha Triad Statue With Mandorla,Commissioned by Jia Zhiyuan
Exhibition of Buddhist Art
Shandong is the place where ancient Chinese Buddhist culture and arts flourished. During the Yongping period of the Eastern Han Dynasty, Buddhism began to be introduced into China from ancient India. By the late Eastern Han Dynasty, artistic images related to Buddhism began to show up on the pictorial stones in Shandong. In 351 A.D., the famous monk, Lang Gong, established Langgong Temple in Jinyu Valley in Kunrui Mountain near Jinan, which is now known as Shentong Temple in Licheng District, Jinan. It is the earliest extant ancient temple in Shandong. The development of Shandong Buddhism has gone through three important periods, namely the Northern Dynasties, the Sui and Tang Dynasties, and the Northern Song Dynasty. The integration of Buddhism and Shandong culture in the Northern Dynasties had created Buddhist statue styles with local characteristics. Among them, the most distinctive ones are dragon and lotus decorations on the back panel of the Buddhist statue, and the thin tight robe engraved on the Buddhist statue, which are unique in the history of Chinese Buddhist statue art. The Sui and Tang Dynasties and the Northern Song Dynasty are two other flourishing periods for the development of Shandong Buddhist art. Cliff statues, Buddhist underground palace and stupa, and painted clay sculptures are the most representative artistic achievements at the time.

Since the 1980s, many Buddhist statue storing cellars and the remains of Buddhist underground palaces have been discovered in Shandong, and a large number of Buddhist statues and related cultural relics have been unearthed. Especially with the excavation of the Buddhist statue storing cellars of Longxing Temple in Qingzhou City, Shandong Province in 1996, a large number of Northern Dynasties’ exquisite statues had been found and aroused great attention from the whole country and the world, and also set off an upsurge in the academic circles to study the art of Shandong Buddhist statues.

Address:Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-17:00
Time:No. 1 exhibition hall on the first floor
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