Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

December 1, 2012 – January 3, 2016

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 17 Floor Plan

The Freer's collection of stone and gilt bronze Buddhist sculptures highlights two flourishing ages, the 6th century and the High Tang (6th-8th century). The exhibition's focus is the monumental Cosmological Buddha: a life-size stone sculpture covered in intricate representations of the realms of existence, ranging from hell to the abodes of the devas (Buddhist gods).