Date: 16 November 2011
I went to the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City to see the Ancient Chinese art. I have already decided to choose one beautiful sculpture from the only Chinese art before I go to the museum. Because first, Chinese art sounds and feels comfortable and close to me, second I have same religious of China, and last reason is sculpture that I chose was beautifully gigantic and made me admirable. Sculpture that I chose is “Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva”. Location: Galley 230. According to the label of this work of art, Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva is comes from the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) in China, and is currently in the South and Southeast Asian Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The original size is 95’’ by 65’’ (241.3 x 165.1 cm), and made by wood with multiple layers of paint. The sculpture interprets a sense of tranquility and admiration. And this sculpture evoked through the original size, used materials, and figural types of sculpture.
Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva made by joined and polychromic wood and then painted and gilded. The sculpture painted just basic three colors which are red, green, and nude or wooden color. These painted colors make him looks gentle and calmly. This sculpture does not look made by hard material like stone, it feels soft. I felt soft when I see first. We can see that this work of art made by wood from seeing some damaged parts. The people who create this sculpture created gigantic, not life-sized, and masterfully. When I entered to the Chinese art room, sculpture of the Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva gazing calmly and appearing contemplative across the room. His entire body pose (style of his sitting) evokes inviting me into his sculpture. There, Bodhisattva sits comfortably in a pose known as "royal ease," his arm resting lightly on his upraised knee, his fingers arcing gracefully. His fingers figure made me think “how grandeur”. About his facial...