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The art of Buddhism : an introduction to its history & meaning

Author: Denise Patry Leidy
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala : Distributed in the United States by Random House, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"As its teachings spread from the Indian subcontinent in all directions across Asia, Buddhism influenced every culture it touched--from Afghanistan to Korea, from Mongolia to Java. Buddhist art is a radiant reflection of the encounter of the Buddha's teachings with the diverse civilizations that came under their sway. It is also an intriguing visual record of the evolution of Buddhist practice and philosophy over a  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Denise Patry Leidy
ISBN: 9781590305942 1590305949 9781590306703 1590306708
OCLC Number: 180190922
Description: ix, 342 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 27 cm
Contents: Pillars and stupas : second century B.C.E. to third century C.E. --
The Buddha image : second to seventh century --
Caves and caravans : India, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and China --
China : a new dimension, sixth to ninth century --
Korea and Japan : sixth to ninth century --
South Asia : regional styles and changes in religious thought, eighth to twelfth century --
The Himalayan region : Nepal, Kashmir, Ladakh, and Tibet, eighth to twelfth century --
Southeast Asia : diffusion and divergence --
China under foreign rule : tenth to fourteenth century --
Aristocrats and warriors in Korea and Japan : tenth to fourteenth century --
Early Sino-Tibetan traditions : twelfth to fifteenth century --
The Dalai Lamas in Tibet : sixteenth to nineteenth century --
Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Thailand : fifteenth to nineteenth century --
Ming, Manchu, and Mongol in China : fifteenth to eighteenth century --
Revivals in Korea and Japan : sixteenth to nineteenth century.
Responsibility: Denise Patry Leidy.
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"As its teachings spread from the Indian subcontinent in all directions across Asia, Buddhism influenced every culture it touched--from Afghanistan to Korea, from Mongolia to Java. Buddhist art is a radiant reflection of the encounter of the Buddha's teachings with the diverse civilizations that came under their sway. It is also an intriguing visual record of the evolution of Buddhist practice and philosophy over a period of more than two millennia. More than two hundred photographs provide the visual context for this tour of the world of Buddhist art. 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 the perfect introductory text for all those intrigued by this splendid aesthetic tradition. It is also an essential resource for all who seek to understand Buddhist art as teaching."--Jacket.

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