Buddhist Art

Buddhism and Buddha art was first introduced to China in the first century AD. Along with Buddhist art came works of sculpture, architecture and paintings of a more religious nature. The representation of Buddha and bodhisattvas became the central theme of sculptures and Buddha art. The forms of these figures originated in India, but by the 6th century AD, Chinese artists succeeded in developing a national style of sculpting and art.

This particular style of Buddhist art arrived at its highest distinction early in the Tang Dynasty. Such Buddha art portrayed beautiful figures, graceful in gesture, and with a predominance of linear rhythms. Gradually, Buddhist art changed to become more dramatic in the 7th century AD. This is evident in the many cave temples, including Donghuang and Lung-men, where major artwork was created.

For about 600 years more, Buddhist art and sculpture continued to flourish -- then in the Ming Dynasty, sculpture ceased to modify in style. Today, it mostly consists of sculptures (cast in ivory, bronze, jade, resin, etc.) and paintings. The face of a golden Buddha is a popular icon. Art is plentiful in South East Asia, where one can find thousands of temples and monuments housing Buddha paintings and sculptures.

Oriental-decor.com is based in Thailand, where there are many fine temples and is a spiritual center for Asia. Buddhist art became established in Thailand during the 6th and 7th centuries. The Buddhist sculpture from this period depicts the Buddha at different stages in his life. As the centuries wore on, the Thais became proficient at all types of art, including Buddhist carvings, statues and paintings.