Crucifixion, Vietnam, 19th century, painted wood. Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum.

This sculpture is an intriguing blend of European and Asian forms, as well as the ideals of Christianity and the Chinese scholar. The figure of Christ on a cross with floral terminals is a traditional European image. More unusual is the halo, which is carved as a flower. But even more distinctive is the base sculpted as a Chinese scholar’s rock, an intriguing and complex natural shape that invites contemplation.

Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour exhibition runs from 27 May to 11 September 2016 at the Asian Civilisations Museum.