How to Read Buddhist Art

The book offers the essential iconographic frameworks needed to understand Buddhist art and practice, helping the reader to appreciate how artists gave form to subtle aspects of the teachings, especially in the sublime expression of the ...

Author: Kurt Behrendt

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 9781588396730

Category: Religion

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Intended to inspire the devout and provide a focus for religious practice, Buddhist artworks stand at the center of a great religious tradition that swept across Asia during the first millennia. How to Read Buddhist Art assembles fifty-four masterpieces from The Met collection to explore how images of the Buddha crossed linguistic and cultural barriers, and how they took on different (yet remarkably consistent) characteristics in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Himalayas, China, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Works highlighted in this rich, concise overview include reliquaries, images of the Buddha that attempt to capture his transcendence, diverse bodhisattvas who protect and help the devout on their personal path, and representations of important teachers. The book offers the essential iconographic frameworks needed to understand Buddhist art and practice, helping the reader to appreciate how artists gave form to subtle aspects of the teachings, especially in the sublime expression of the Buddha himself.

Reading Buddhist Art

With a comprehensive glossary of key Buddhist terms and a well-researched bibliography, this book will prove indispensable to anyone with an interest in Buddhism and its arts.

Author: Meher McArthur

Publisher:

ISBN: 050051089X

Category: Art

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Buddhism has a history of over 2,500 years, and its arts have existed for almost as long, weaving their way with monks and pilgrims through broad areas of Asia and across seas, intermingling with the arts and styles of indigenous cultures. Not surprisingly, the teachings and imagery of this international religion are vast and complex, and the task of deciphering Buddhist symbolism can seem as challenging as the search for enlightenment itself.All the principal symbols, objects, and figures of Buddhist worship are gathered here in a rich, informative, and easy-to-use book that will serve equally well as an art-lover's reference tool and as an introduction to the principles of the religion. Photographs and two-color line drawings and maps accompany the explanatory texts. With a comprehensive glossary of key Buddhist terms and a well-researched bibliography, this book will prove indispensable to anyone with an interest in Buddhism and its arts. -- Publisher.
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The Art of Buddhism

From the earliest second-century BCE 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 ...

Author: Denise Patry Leidy

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590306703

Category: Art

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From the earliest second-century BCE 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, and Sri Lanka.
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Buddhist Art and Architecture

Buddhism is the single common thread uniting the Asian world, from India to South-East Asia and through Central Asia to China, Korea and Japan.

Author: Robert E. Fisher

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500202656

Category: Art

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Buddhism is the single common thread uniting the Asian world, from India to South-East Asia and through Central Asia to China, Korea and Japan.
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Iconography of the Buddhist Sculpture of Orissa Text

Utilizing knowledge of the Orissan Brahmanical Art, this text seeks to develop a similar consistent and reliable iconographic and stylistic evolution for the Buddhist Arts of Orissa and its adherence to, or deviation from, surviving textual ...

Author: Thomas E. Donaldson

Publisher: Abhinav Publications

ISBN: 8170174066

Category: Buddhist art and symbolism

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Utilizing knowledge of the Orissan Brahmanical Art, this text seeks to develop a similar consistent and reliable iconographic and stylistic evolution for the Buddhist Arts of Orissa and its adherence to, or deviation from, surviving textual iconographic peculiarities. The reciprocal influence between Brahmanical and Buddhist Art in Orissa is emphasized with both religions expanding at the same time in regard to proliferation of deities and variant forms, and each apparently competing with the other for patronage and converts.

Discourse in Early Buddhist Art

This book is a pioneering exploration of the manner in which stories are told.

Author: Vidya Dehejia

Publisher: Coronet Books Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015042145451

Category: Art

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Illustrations: Numerous B/w Illustrations Description: Story-telling is an ever popular activity that occurs across space and time. Which child has not sat enthralled by the magic of story-tellers, and which adult has not succumbed to the seduction of reenactments of great legends? India's ancient Buddhists capitalized on the lure of stories, portraying them visually in stone reliefs and painted murals, to introduce viewers to the Buddhist faith and to confirm them in their belief. Commencing in the first century BC, Buddhist monasteries across the Indian subcontinent were extensively decorated with visual narratives of varying sizes, from a mere twelve inch panel to an extensive fifty foot wall. This book is a pioneering exploration of the manner in which stories are told. It identifies seven modes of visual story-telling used by the artist in early India, considers the reason for one mode being chosen over another, and explores how the effect of a story on the viewer varied according to the manner chosen to portray it. The book is a contribution to the expanding sphere of art, historical investigation and also to the field of Buddhist studies. Contents Preface Photographic Sources Discourse and Story 1. On Modes of Visual Narration 2. The Multivalent Sign in Early Buddhist Art 3. Text and Image II. Sites Of Narrative 4. Towards Narrative : Sanchi Stupa 5. Emergence of Visual Narrative : Bharhut Stupa 6. Narrative Achieves Assurance : Sanchi Stupa 7. Variations in Narrativity : Lesser Monasteries 8. Maturity of Narrative : Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda 9. Narrative Cycles at Gandhara 10. Ajanta's Painted Murals 11. The Narrative Tradition Recedes 12. Concluding Remarks
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Buddhist Art in India

Author: Agnes C. G.

Publisher: Hesperides Press

ISBN: 9781406712506

Category: Religion

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Originally published in 1913. Author: Henri Lichtenberger Language: English Keywords: History Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.Keywords: English Keywords 1900s Language English Artwork

Buddhist Art in India

Author: Jas Burgess

Publisher: Burgess Press

ISBN: 9781443728720

Category: Religion

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Originally published in 1893. BUDDHIST ART IN INDIA. TRANSLATED FROM THE * HANDBUCH ' OF PROF. ALBERT GRUNWEDEL. PREFACE: THE first edition of Professor Albert Grunwedels handbook, on Buddhistische Kunst in Indien appeared in 1893, and the hope was expressed in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society that the work might appear in English, as it ought to be in the hands of all antiquarians in India. Believing that so important a publication might, by a few additions, form a useful general guide to the Buddhist sculptures in the museums, alike of India and Europe, I have prepared the present edition Miss A. C. Gibson very kindly translated for me the first edition; but by the time it was xeacly for the press, -Prof. Grunwedel had begun his second edition containing extensive additions and alteiations. This involved delay and a revision of the whole MS. Considerable additions have also been made to this translation, which have, partly at least, been indicated, and about fifty illustrations are added. The difficulties in interpreting the Gandhara Buddhist sculptures arise chiefly from their fragmentary and unconnected condition. This has been lamentably increased by the ignorance or disregard of scientific methods on the part of the excavators of these remains. Monasteries and stupas were dug into and demolished without regard to what might be learnt in the process by modern methods; the more complete fragments only were saved, without note of their relative positions or any attempt to recover smaller portions and chips by which they might have been pieced together; and the spoils were sent to various museums, often without mention of the sites from which they emanated. They were often further scattered at the will of excavators among different museums and private collections, and we cannot now place together the whole of the find from a single site, so as to compare the style, and still less the order of the reliefs; while, of the more carefully surveyed, such plans and sections as were made are defective, and without explanatory descriptions. It is sincerely to be desired that, in future, the Government of India will prevent amateur excavations, and make sure that their excavators really know how such work ought to be executed. To the General-Verwaltung of the Royal Museum, Berlin. ... With this manual in his hand, it is hoped, the visitor to any collection of Buddhist sculptures will find it no difficult task to understand their character and meaning. Much still remains to be added to our information; but it is only when complete delineations, of the sculptures in various-museums and private collections, on the BarAhat fragments, and in the Kawheri, Klura, and other Bauddha caves are made available, ...

Buddhist Art

An historical and cultural journey through Buddhist art.

Author: Gilles Béguin

Publisher: River Books Press Dist A C

ISBN: 9749863879

Category: Art

Page: 400

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Beguin writes in a richly informative but down-to-earth style, tending to facts rather than reflections, and he provides a solid account of doctrinal developments and schisms. His book should take its place as a classic study alongside the great overview
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Buddhist Art of Gandhara

* Featuring many Gandharan objects never published before, and featuring all new photography, this is the complete catalog of the Ashmolean's Buddhist sculpture collection and related art of the historic Gandhara regionBuddhist Art of ...

Author: David Jongeward

Publisher: Ashmolean Museum Oxford

ISBN: 1910807222

Category: Art, Gandhara

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* Featuring many Gandharan objects never published before, and featuring all new photography, this is the complete catalog of the Ashmolean's Buddhist sculpture collection and related art of the historic Gandhara regionBuddhist Art of Gandhara is a scholarly catalog of the Ashmolean Museum's important but still largely unpublished holdings of the Buddhist sculpture and related art of the historic Gandhara region (modern North West Pakistan / East Afghanistan) in the early centuries AD (c. 0-600 AD). This region was a major center of Buddhist culture and facilitated the transmission of Buddhism and its art from India via the Silk Road to Central Asia, China and the Far East. The book contains introductory essays, with additional illustrations, suitable for the general reader as well as the specialist.

Buddhist Art in Its Relation to Buddhist Ideals with Special Reference to Buddhism in Japan

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Author: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press

ISBN: 0344076261

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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Empire of Emptiness

It examines some of the Buddhist underpinning of the Qing view of rulership and shows just how central images were in the carefully reasoned rhetoric the court directed toward its Buddhist allies in inner Asia.

Author: Patricia Ann Berger

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824825632

Category: Art

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It examines some of the Buddhist underpinning of the Qing view of rulership and shows just how central images were in the carefully reasoned rhetoric the court directed toward its Buddhist allies in inner Asia. The multi-lingual, culturally fluid Qing emperors put an extraordinary range of visual styles into practice - Chinese, Tibetan, Nepalese, and even the European Baroque brought to the court by Jesuit artists.
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Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia

This volume, the result of an international collaboration of forty scholars, provides a comprehensive resource on Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in their Chinese, Korean, and Japanese contexts from the first few centuries of the common ...

Author: Charles Orzech

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004184916

Category: Religion

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This volume, the result of an international collaboration of forty scholars, provides a comprehensive resource on Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in their Chinese, Korean, and Japanese contexts from the first few centuries of the common era to the present.

Tabo

"The monastery of Tabo lies in northern India in the secluded Spiti valley, which was at one time part of the ancient kingdom of Western Tibet.

Author: Deborah E. Klimburg-Salter

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015045633859

Category: Art

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"The monastery of Tabo lies in northern India in the secluded Spiti valley, which was at one time part of the ancient kingdom of Western Tibet. The oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in India and the Himalayas, Tabo's historical role as an intermediary between India and Tibet and the extraordinary beauty of its frescoes make it a place of unique importance. The main temple of Tabo is one of the masterpieces of Indian and Tibetan art. Built in 996 and renovated in 1042, the temple is remarkable not only for the exceptional quality of its sculpture and the decorative paintings that cover every surface, but also for the numerous portraits of royal patrons, members of the local nobility, and ecclesiastical figures, all identified by name. Tabo played a pivotal role in the history of Buddhism in the tenth and eleventh centuries, when Tibetan monks and Indian pandits studied together and translated scripture from Sanskrit into Tibetan. This meeting of trans-Himalayan cultures, and the devotions of their faithful, are vividly preserved in the magnificent paintings and sculptures that adorn the original temple and the monastery that surrounds it."--Amazon.
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The Buddha Image

Illustrations: 247 b/w illustrations Description: This book deals with crucial though controversial questions in Buddhist art: the origin of the Buddha image and the iconography of the Buddha images.

Author: Yuvraj Krishan

Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

ISBN: 8121505658

Category: Religion

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Illustrations: 247 b/w illustrations Description: This book deals with crucial though controversial questions in Buddhist art: the origin of the Buddha image and the iconography of the Buddha images. The earliest Buddhist art of Sanchi and Bharhut is aniconic : The Buddha is represented in symbols only. In the later Buddhist art of Gandhara and Mathura, the Buddha is represented in human form: he is the principal subject of sculptural art. The book seeks to explore the geographical area in which the image of the Buddha first emerged and whether the Buddhist doctrines-Hinayana or Mahayana-had anything to do with this transformation. The Buddha image, as developed eventually at Sarnath, became the model for the Buddha images in whole of Asia, south-east, central and eastern Asia. The iconographic features of the Buddha image are superficially an aberration, being in apparent conflict with the doctrine. The Buddha had cut off his hair at the time of his renunciation; the rules of the order enjoin that a monk must be tonsured and must discard and eschew all riches. However, in his images, the Buddha has hair on his head; later he is also endowed with a crown and jewels. After an exhaustive examination of the views of various scholars, the book answers these questions and resolves the controversies on the basis of literary, numismatic and epigraphic sources. More importantly it makes use of the valuable evidence from the contemporaneous Jaina art : Aniconism of early Jaina art and the iconographic features of Jaina images. The implications of this study are also important : Does India owe idolatry to Buddhism? Was this of foreign inspiration? Was the Buddha image fashioned after the Vedic Brahma and whether the Buddha's usnisa and Buddhist art motifs are rooted in the Vedic tradition? The book is profusely illustrated and provides rich and stimulating fare to students of Indian art in general and of Buddhist art in particular.

Studies in Hindu and Buddhist Art

... are somewhat different from the Atharvedic mantras in that , these are quite
often shortened forms of longer Mahāyānic text , which are otherwise difficult to
read due to their length and the recitation or reading of these Dhāraṇīs is
supposed ...

Author: P. K. Mishra

Publisher: Abhinav Publications

ISBN: 817017368X

Category: Art

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It Is A Collection Of Thirty Essays On Various Aspects Of Hindu And Buddhist Art And Iconography Contributed By Indian And Foreign Scholars. These Represent Deep Insight And New Interpretation Based On Sound Scholarship And Accounts. While Intended To Commemorate The Loving Memory Of Professor Kalyan Kumar Dasgupta, The Book Is A Fitting Tribute To The Great Savant. Professor P.K. Mishra And Publisher M/S Abhinav Publications Have Spared No Pains To Make It An Outstanding Publication Of The Year
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The Beginnings of Buddhist Art

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Author: Afoucher Afoucher

Publisher: Franklin Classics

ISBN: 0343131587

Category:

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Portfolio of Buddhist Art Historical and Modern

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Author: Paul Carus

Publisher: Franklin Classics

ISBN: 0343004410

Category:

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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