Room 47f: The Buddha Image in Asia
Phase One of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Galleries of Buddhist Art
The first phase of a new series of rooms displaying Buddhist art, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Galleries of Buddhist Art is now open. The new room, Galley 47f, is devoted to images of the Buddha Shakyamuni from across Asia. its main narrative is that of the spread of Buddhism and the accompanying Buddha image outward from its Indian homeland. The displays reveal how the image of the Buddha changed from its Indian origins as it was influenced by concepts and aesthetics local to other parts of Asia. The room shows 21 master works, standing and seated sculptures of the Buddha from India, Southeast Asia and China. Two 19th century banner paintings from Thailand are also included, one of which has not been on display previously.
Room 47f is on Level 1 of the V&A South Kensington.