– 400 C.E.
Ancient Cultures

Four Buddhas
at the American Museum of Natural History


A conversation in the galleries at the American Museum of Natural History about four Buddhas:

  • Seated Gautama Buddha, 18th Century, cast brass, gilt (Thailand)
  • Gandharan Seated Buddha with Double Halo, attributed to the 3rd Century, green-gray schist (Pakistan)
  • Jizo, Kshitigarbha, Dhyani-Bodhisattao, 19th Century, wood, gold (Japan)
  • Budai (Ho t'ai)/Maitreya, The Laughing Buddha, c. 1900, metal (China)

Speakers: Dr. Laurel Kendall, Curator, Asian Ethnographic Collections and Dr. Monique Scott, Assistant Director of Cultural Education in front of four Buddhist sculptures:

Produced by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker for Smarthistory at Khan Academy

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