The Asian Art wing was particularly appealing to me primarily due to the wood finishes and just the clean-cut nature of the way the artwork was laid out. There was a grand entrance with a window wall that displayed the garden and a smaller more sacred exhibit in the far left corner. Similarly the way the light projected on all the art just right really allowed me to see the detail and beauty in all of the art. The garden reminded me of my psychology class that compared the focus point of asian culture's eyesight to be more on the environment whereas westerners tend to focus more on the individual or central point of a scene. The freshness and soothing buddha art really made me feel calm while in this wing of the museum.
The Kore represents the beautiful artwork of Anita Huffington and is intended to idealize the human figure but I immediately related this to the premise of most women depicted in museums are typically naked and I find that very unfair and belittling. Women have accomplished great feats throughout history yet their figure seems to carry much more importance than the individual. In essence, this artwork evokes a sense of curiosity in me and makes me wonder why this has been so predominant over the years, but after reading the description I understand that it is intended to honor the women and her beauty. So, in a sense, the Kore permits me to embrace this glory many people hold for women and their figure.
Gandhara created this artwork in an effort to combine the beauty of a few different cultures, such as, Classical Greek, Pakistan, the Mediterranean, etc. I particularly enjoy this piece because it ties back to seeking the good life and a lot of the lessons in Siddhartha. Balance and the simplicity in finding happiness and being content with the world around us is very important to a fulfilling lifestyle. I believe the slight smile in the sculpture communicated this theme and I was able to understand the peace in meditation and oneness.