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Buddha, either Shakyamuni or Akshobhya
Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
dated late 13th-early 145h century
gilt bronze, 13 in. tall
Palace Museum, Beijing
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by N.F. Karlins

"The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is filled with treasures from museums around the world. Besides their beauty and rarity, they pose a question -- how monolithic is Chinese art?


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