For my small ideal Asian cultural museum I choose Art of the Sacred Realm/Religion for my theme. The reason I chose this theme is because I always been fascinated by how art, architecture, theater, literature, or music was influenced by religion and the people during the time they were built. My first art work that I will be introducing into my museum is the Taj Mahal which was made in India. My second piece of art work that I will be introducing into my museum will be the Amitabha triad which was made in Korea.
My third piece of art work that I will be introducing into my museum will be the Todai-ji temple which was made in Japan. My fourth and last art work that I will be introducing into my museum will be The Temple of Heaven which was made in China.
My first collection into my museum will be the Taj Mahal because of it amazing history that I never knew about.
I always knew the Taj Mahal was a famous attraction where people from all over the world travel to visit to see it. But before the Taj Mahal became a famous attraction it was built because of the love between Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (‘Taj Mahal’). So after his beloved Mumtaz Mahal passed away the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for her remains in 1632 (‘Taj Mahal’) . The Taj Mahal was built during the Mughal dynasty in Agra, India from the year 1632- 1653 (‘Taj Mahal’).
The Taj Mahal was built from the Muslim culture during that time because of Agra being conquered by Muslim invaders who brought their culture to Agra (‘Taj Mahal’) . The description of the Taj Mahal is that it a white-marble mausoleum, has four minarets equal in height , has eight levels of paradise, has gardens, Qur’anic verse on the walls and the Yamuna River (‘Taj Mahal’) .The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was later buried in the Taj Mahal with his love Mumtaz Mahal after his death (‘Taj Mahal’). The Taj Mahal definitely belongs in my museum Art of the Sacred Realm/Religion because it was built from a Muslim society and it has a sacred history in India.
My second collection into my museum will be the Amitabha triad because it an example of how Buddhism play a role in Korea culture. The Amitabha triad was made by Jang Hyeon and his wife in the Goryeo dynasty which lasted from 918 to 1392 in Korea (‘metmuseum.org’). The Goryeo dynasty came to be after Taejo Wang Geon took over the Silla kingdom. The Amitabha triad was created to represent three people which was the Buddha Amitabha who presides over the Western Paradise, his attendant bodhisattvas, Avalokitesvara ,and Mahasthamaprapta (‘metmuseum.org’).
My third collection into my museum will be the Todai-ji temple which is an example of how Buddhism has play a role in Japanese culture. The Todai-ji temple is a unique Buddhism architecture built in the 740s and was one of the largest building project in Japan (‘Todai-ji (article) | Japan’). The Todai-ji temple was used as sculpture school and in politics it help bring all the Japanese clans together under one rule (‘Todai-ji (article) | Japan’).
My last collection into my museum will be the Temple of Heaven which is a good example of the Chinese culture. The Temple of Heaven is a religious architecture that was built around the Ming dynasty in 1420 when Emperor Yongle China (Miller ‘Temple of Heaven and Its Sacrificial Altar Where Blood Was Spilt for Bountiful Harvests’ 2018). The Temple of Heaven was built as a sacred place to worship and make sacrifices (Miller ‘Temple of Heaven and Its Sacrificial Altar Where Blood Was Spilt for Bountiful Harvests’ 2018). But from learning about the Temple of Heaven I can’t believe it been around for more than five centuries and still standing in China.
In conclusion I feel the four piece of Art work that I choose for my collection has made my small ideal museum unique. First I found all my art work collections to be connected in some way through religions like Buddhism, Muslim , Confucianism, and Shinto. It also amazing how the people in Asia in the past made the Taj Mahal, Amitabha triad , Todai-ji Temple , and the Temple of Heaven using religion as their inspiration. If more research was done on the four piece of Art work that I choose for my museum it definitely would bring more questions up. But than I think we would always have questions about the past and what led each culture to make these sacred artwork that has stood the test of time. This assignment has made me consider wanting to learn more about the architecture, monuments, art work , music , literature, and theater around he world including seeing them in person.