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Introduction to Exhibitions
Exhibition of Cultural History of Shandong
Exhibition of the Confucian Culture
Exhibition of Han Dynasties Pictorial Art
Exhibition of Buddhist Art
Exhibition of the King of Lu State of Ming Dynasty
Ceramics in the Collection of Shandong Museum
Paintings in the Collection of Shandong Museum
Calligraphic Works in the Collection of Shandong Museum
The Exhibition of the Results of Archaeology
Introduction to Archaeology
Shandong Celebrities Hall
4. Exhibition of Buddhist Art

Buddhism came to China in the early Eastern Han and Shandong was one of the first homes to Buddhist art. The wide-spreading of Buddhism in Shandong owed a lot to the renowned monk Langgong, who founded the earliest extant temple near Jinan in 351 AD, which is the present Shentong Temple in Liupu town, Licheng District. Ever since then, Shandong saw a boom of Buddhist art and monasteries and the rise of a local style, forming the Buddhism worshiping center, namely Jinan, Zibo, and Qingzhou. However, Buddhist statue art in Shandong didn¡¯t attract much attention until 1980s when abundant Buddhist statues were unearthed. In 1996, the discovery of a cache at the Longxing Temple in the Qingzhou City brought to light a remarkable number of finely modeled and colorfully painted Buddhist statues, which attracts attention from the whole nation and the world.

This exhibition chose some elaborate works discovered in recent decades in order to display the originality of Buddhist art in Shandong. There are two major themes: one is showing brilliant artistic achievements and unique style of Buddhist statues by the stone carved statutes; the other is showing historical ups and downs of Buddhism in Shandong by religious relics such as ¡°pagoda¡±, ¡°dvaja¡±, ¡°statue epigraph¡± etc.