Representation of Buddhist divinity

Chinese stone low relief

Material: Basalt.
Period: Sui Dynasty. 5th centuries.


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Dimensiones 40 × 58,5 cm
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The founder of the dynasty, Yang Jian (581-604), posthumously titled Emperor Wen (Emperor Wen), was originally a general of the Northern Zhou Dynasty. His greatest achievements include government codification to simplify internal management, criminal law reform, and numerous public works projects, including the creation of a complex system of canals linking the Yellow, Huai, and Yangtze Rivers. Wendi was also a proponent of Buddhism and encouraged the spread of the religion in his territory. In 589, he defeated the Chen Dynasty in southern China and unified the whole of China.

Buddhist art:
Sui Dynasty Buddhism had taken root in China, and Emperor Yang Jian converted to Buddhism to legitimize his authority over the state. It can be said that Buddhism, as a global cultural force, unified Chinese fine arts in the short-lived Sui Dynasty and paved the way for the subsequent Tang Dynasty revival. Buddhism created a demand for all kinds of arts, especially sculpture: in fact, without Buddhism, Chinese sculpture would be a small art. Buddhist stone carving is widely spread in various statue forms and relief forms. Bronze sculptures were also used to represent Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, as were ivory carvings. Generally, the poses used are stereotypes derived from Indian ancestry.