Art of Buddhism : An Introduction to Its History and Meaning

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-20
  • Publisher: Shambhala
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More than two hundred photographs-most in stunning full colour-provide the visual context for this tour of the world of Buddhist art. From the earliest second-century B.C.E. archaeological evidence to the nineteenth century, this book showcases the marvellous variety of Buddhist art through the ages, from every country and region where Buddhism has influenced the culture in a significant way, including India, Afghanistan, Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Burma and all the regions of Southeast Asia. Included in the rich variety of forms are architecture and monumental art, statuary, paintings, calligraphy, fresco, brushwork, and textile arts. Denise Leidy's guide is a perfect text for courses on Asian and Buddhist art-but it is also accessible enough to be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Buddhism or Asian art.

Author Biography

Denise Patry Leidy is curator of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She is the author of numerous articles, and coauthor, with Robert A. F. Thurman, of Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Siddhartha/shakyamuni: His Lives and Teachingsp. 1
Mapp. 6-7
Pillars and Stupas: Second Century B.C.E. to Third Century C.Ep. 9
The Buddha Image: Sedond to Seventh Centuryp. 31
Caves and Caravans: India, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Chinap. 57
China: A New Dimension, Sixth to Ninth Centuryp. 81
Korea and Japan: Sixth to Ninth Centuryp. 101
South Asia: Regional Styles and Changes in Religious Thought, Eighth to Twelfth Centuryp. 127
The Himalayan Region: Nepal, Kashmir, Ladakh, and Tibet, Eighth to Twelfth Centuryp. 147
Southeast Asia: Diffusion and Divergencep. 163
China Under Foreign Rule: Tenth to Fourteenth Centuryp. 189
Aristocrats and Warriors in Korea and Japan: Tenth to Fourteenth Centuryp. 205
Early Sino-Tibetan Traditions: Twelfth to Fifteenth Centuryp. 231
The Dalai Lamas in Tibet: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuryp. 247
Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Thailand: Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuryp. 263
Ming, Manchu, and Mongol in China: Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuryp. 277
Revivals in Korea and Japan: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuryp. 291
Notesp. 305
Selected Bibliographyp. 309
Creditsp. 323
Indexp. 337
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