Art Study Center Seminar at Home: The Botany of a Buddhist Sculpture—Hinoki Cypress and Prince Shōtoku at Age Two


Friday, February 19, 2021, 11:00am to 12:00pm



Since we are unable to welcome you into the museums at this time, we are bringing our experts to you in the online series Art Study Center Seminars at Home.

This seminar offers a close encounter with one of the museums’ best-known residents, Prince Shōtoku at Age Two (c. 1292). In the 1930s, the sculpture was found to contain a group of relic-like objects, perfectly preserved thanks to the remarkable qualities of the hinoki cypress wood from which the sculpture is made. Join conservator Angela Chang, horticulturist Stephen Schneider, and curator Rachel Saunders for three perspectives on Prince Shōtoku and the ongoing collaborative research into this extraordinary sculpture.

Led by:

Stephen W. Schneider, Director of Operations, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Angela Chang, Assistant Director, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, and Head of the Objects Laboratory, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

Rachel Saunders, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art

Presented in partnership with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

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