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Standing statue of Buddha
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Northern Qi Buddhas betray a strong influence from Indian Buddhist Sculptures, especially that of the typically sensual Gupta period (4th-6th centuries). The robes of the Buddha cling to the body like a piece of wet/diaphanous cloth, revealing the form beneath. This naturalistic style can be seen on Northern Qi Buddhist images as well. However, the features of the Buddha had become fully sinicised by then. Buddhist sculpture of the Northern Qi period fully embodied the meaning of enlightenment as seen in the serene expression of the Buddha and the overall fluidity of lines of the form.

History of the Object
Traces of the red pigment used to paint the squares on the monks robe can still be seen on the sculpture. This sculpture probably came from Qingzhou, modern day Shandong.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Stone 
Measurements
H: 76 cm, L: 21.5 cm, W: 10.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Qingzhou, Shandong Province, China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 6th century ~ AD 6th century 
Creation date
6th Century; Northern Qi period (550-577). 
Function
Religious, for veneration 
Acquisition
The museum purchased the object in 2000 from a Taipei dealer. Buddha figures such as these were found in the Buddhist site of Qingzhou in Shandong. 
Copyright
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
Szan Tan 
Owner
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 
Museum
Asian Civilisations Museum 
Credit line
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 

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