Buddhism was brought into China at about Christian Era. Combined with the Chinese local culture, it became a new Buddhism culture with Chinese characteristic, which is greatly different from the original Indian Buddhism, and influenced the circumjacent countries, such as Korea, Janpan, the so-called Chinese Character Culture Circle countries deeply. As a significant part of Buddhism culture, its statues still leave people many important subjects to research: How were the statues brought into China from India? When were Chinese Buddhism statues produced? How did early statues produce and develop and with what features? Unfortunately, despite some recordation on initial stages Buddhism, people fail to discover sufficient data before the period of Dong Han, which result in the amphibolous state of the above questions.
The early Buddhism statues in China with numerous and complicated pictures are unique. That is because the native-born Taoism had been arisen before the Buddhism was brought into China. When Buddhism statues were introduced in, Taoism had been spreaded all over China. Therefore, People believed in and worshiped the gods of both, correspondingly, the Buddhism statues were mixed with other gods and a series of new statues came out, such as Huanglao-Futu,Futu-Laozi (黄老浮屠，浮图老子). Those statues are so different from the original ones and form their own features. No matter from the point of view of archaeology, the history of fine arts or the history of Buddhism, it is significative and estimable to collect and research these statues systematicly.
In addition to prologue concerning brief introduction on the thesis above, the thesis includes six chapters setting fifth the following issues:
In Chapter one, the dissertation briefly introduces the general content of two main points of emphasis. The author collect the information wildly, divides them according to different regions and periods by typology method and makes historical cognition on it in time and space. The thesis is arranged in time order, ie. according to the partition on different periods in Chinese history. In which the author analyses and studies the Chinese early Buddhism statues and its relevant issues in order to expurgate the illegibility on Chinese early Buddhism statues.
In Chapter two, the textual research on recordation of initial stages Buddhism is provided. Consulting the historical record on prevalence of Buddhism, the author discusses the 14 items of recordation of initial stages Buddhism.
Chapter three is about the clues to which the statues are made. The author gives a full range
of analysis on Buddhism statues images, including painting, architecture, sculpture etc.
In Chapter four, the author discusses the development on the style of Buddhism pictures of early statues and figures out the rule for the development.
Chapter five is about the development of Buddhism and its statues in south and north during the period of Dongjin Sixteen kingdoms times and the lower limit for early Buddhism.
In Chapter six, the author gives the dissertation on the characteristic of the early Buddhism statues, the Buddhism boom in Sichuan area, traditional painting its theme, Hinayana(小乘) , Mahayana (大乘) the spreading route for early Buddhism and its statues etc.