Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery
Buddhism affected many aspects of Chinese society while it evolved incorporating Chinese traditions. Buddhist steles are great examples of Buddhist sculptures being synthesized with earlier Chinese stone monuments. First introduced in the Northern Wei period, these steles were found in most Chinese regions until the Tang Dynasty. Involved in their production were not only aristocrats of the central government, powerful clans but also faith communities. Usually carved with dedicatory inscriptions, Chinese Buddhist steles and Buddhist sculptures are important materials showing the art forms of Buddhist sculptures and characteristics of the Buddhist religion. This exhibition features Buddhist steles owned by the National Museum of Korea and highlights the characteristics of Chinese Buddhism.