at a Kansas museum Call it a serendipitous finding, but there is no better way to describe a random visit to an art museum in Kansas City in the US Midwestern state of Missouri only to discover a fascinating collection of objects related to Buddhism including statues of the Buddha, some dating back 2000 years. The earliest known Buddhist art comes from the Gandhara region.
Among the statues of the Buddha on display are those that belong to the Gandhara region (modern Pakistan and Afghanistan) as well as from India, Nepal, Tibet and China.
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As the Chinese embraced Buddhism, with it came elaborate theology and ritual practices which required images on a scale unprecedented in China.
As with all traditional Chinese architecture, it is constructed entirely without nails using intricate mortise-and-tenon joinery.
The panels on either side of the vault are inscribed with Buddhist mantras in Sanskriatic script. E that it began to shape Chinese society fundamentally.
Here, Buddhist art adopted a hybrid appearance, combining elements of Indian, Greco-Roman and Central Asian art.
Visitors to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art can trace the evolution of Buddhist art, starting from the Gandhara region and see how it blends with regional art forms as Buddhism spreads across the region.
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