Tag: Buddha

The Transboundary Origin of a Gilt Bronze Buddha

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.

Xintian Ma

9 January 2024

Double Identities: A Guanyin Statue in a Carriage Clock Case

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.

Xintian Ma

13 June 2023

The Buddha, the War God, and the Pirate King

The tale of an artefact, allegedly the figure of Buddha, that brought together historical inaccuracies and stories of warfare and plunder hinted at in museum documentation around objects.

Ashleigh Griffin

6 December 2022

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