"The Changing Image of the Deity in Heaven and on Earth "

  • 20 January, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Curious John

From great thrones in big temples to small roadside shrines and private altars, the gods are everywhere you look. In statue form, they are widely believed to keep an eye on human affairs, to await the prayers of devotees, and to drive out evil. While equally revered, though, not all statues are alike- they come in different sizes and are made from different materials. And while some statues may be kept in a family for centuries, others are designed to be used for just a brief window of time. A new exhibit at the National Museum of Taiwan History explores these statues up close. Using artifacts from the museum’s own collection, the exhibit looks at statues as physical objects, as objects of religious devotion, and as works of art. At the same time, the exhibit also looks at how attitudes toward the statues have changed over time. Here to give us a taste of this exhibit is museum researcher Chang Shu-ching.