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Masterwork: Seated Buddha Dated 338

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This Buddha has a unique status among Buddhas in China. It bears an inscription on the back that is equivalent to the year 338. This is the earliest date inscribed on any Buddha sculpture from China, anywhere in the world. Listen to Michael Knight, Curator Emeritus of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum, discuss one of the museum's masterworks, a Seated Buddha from 338, as you view images of the object and a rendering in 3D.