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FYI SOUTH Magazine, July 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 7

Lugang Buddha Adornment

Date: June 3-Sept. 30, 2003
Location: Exhibition Hall # 3, 1st Floor, Kaohsiung Museum of History (272, ChungCheng 4th Rd., YenCheng; telephone: (07) 531-2560)
Magnificent Religious Art ¡V The Making of Wooden God Statues

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       In the early days, Buddha statues were traditionally sculpted in China before greeted to Taiwan. Later, "Tang Shan Masters" came to Taiwan and made the statues locally. These skilled masters can be divided into Lugang Chuan Chou faction and Taipei Chang Chou faction. The art of adorning Buddha combines carpentry and painting similar to temple decoration that is not only decorative but also offers protection to the statues.
       One of the most recognized figures in Lugang Chuan Chou faction was Shih Li. His statues of the gods with expressive features and delicate lines show great artistry and have garnered their creator the title of "Divine Sword". His eldest son, Shih Chih-hui, has inherited Chuan Chou faction skills and style in sculpting god statues, winning the Department of Education's 10th Annual Traditional Arts Preservation honorary award. This exhibition also includes the works of Shih Li's other successors like Shih Chih-chieh and Shih Chih-shan. -- Translated by Yvonne Chen

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