Yamanaka Sadajirō and Nezu Ka’ichirō’s Buddha Heads & The Modern Fragmentation and Re-presentation of Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

Event time: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Luce Hall (LUCE), Room 202 See map
34 Hillhouse Ave.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

The Japanese art dealer Yamanaka Sadajirō and art collector Nezu Ka’ichirō acquired numerous fragments of sculpture looted from Chinese Buddhist sites, notably caves at Tianlongshan. Levine considers the fragmentation and circulation of Tianlongshan’s sculpture—especially the heads of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas—into private collections and museums in relation to Tianlongshan’s modern “discovery,” Japanese colonial archaeology, and the twentieth-century, transnational art market for Chinese sculpture.