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Since the time of the first great stupas at Sanchi and Amaravathi, narrative sculpture has played an immense role in disseminating and teaching Buddhist beliefs. Whether in sculpted or painted forms, specific tenets of Buddhism have been depicted across Asia in engaging, playful, and elegant ways.
Come explore how different cultures across Asia incorporated Buddhist ideas into local beliefs and artistic traditions. From 2nd century Gandharan sculptures to 19th and 20th century Thai temple banners, we will unpack the narrative strategies local artists used in their representational endeavors.
Rosaline Kyo is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She earned her doctoral degree in the History of Art at UC Berkeley. She specializes in later Chinese and Tibetan art with a focus on intercultural artistic connections and depictions of ethnic others in Chinese visual culture.