The origin of a museum object may seem simple and singular, associated with a specific place. But Xintian Ma presents a more complicated and perhaps realistic tale of the dual origins of a gilt Buddha.
9 January 2024
When an object is misidentified, is it a ‘mistake’ or something more? Using a Guanyin statue as a case study, I suggest that objects can inhabit two identities when embodying two simultaneous social meanings.
13 June 2023