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
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.
6 December 2022