Bishop White Gallery of Chinese Temple Art | Level 1

Religious murals survive the march of time.  

The Paradise of Maitreya, the magnificent mural that dominates this gallery, adorned the wall of a Chinese Buddhist monastery that no longer exists. It was created more than seven centuries ago during the Yuan dynasty, when Khubilai Khan ruled and the first travel to China by Europeans such as Marco Polo and his father were chronicled.  

A favourite with visitors, this gallery is home to one of the world's most important collections of Chinese temple art. Some of the first acquisitions made by the Museum are housed here, including the murals – three of the world's best-preserved – and fourteen large, breathtaking Buddhist and Daoist sculptures from Shanxi province in north China. 

About the Gallery

What?

Gallery features include three 13th – 14th century temple murals and large wooden sculptures that date from the 12th to 15th century. The gallery is named in honour of William Charles White (1873-1960), the first curator of the ROM's Chinese collections, who had been the first Anglican Bishop of Henan province. One of four galleries featuring Chinese art and archaeology.

Where?

China.

When?

Murals date from the Yuan dynasty (AD1271 – 1368), and the sculptures from the 12th to 15th century.

ROM Staff

Justin Jennings

Curator (New World Archaeology)

Lisa Golombek

Curator Emeritus (Islamic Art) Retired

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui