Buddhist Art in Asia

Buddhist Art in Asia

English | November 5, 2018 | ISBN: 1644296594 | 152 Pages | AZW3 | 3.25 MB

Buddhism, which originated in India in the sixth century BC, faded into oblivion by the thirteenth century. However, it spread to other countries in Asia, and along with it, Buddhist art. Like many other religions, Buddhism found expression in the art and architecture of the various cultures it touched. Tracing the Indian influence on Buddhist art in Asia is a central theme of this book.

The book investigates how representations of Buddhism and Buddhist art evolved between regions and between epochs. From India to Thailand and Burma (Myanmar) and eventually to China, the religion grew in influence only to die and thrive again in different forms. With it grew different forms of Buddhist art (architecture, sculpture and painting) from Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka in South Asia to Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand in Southeast Asia and China, Japan and South Korea in East Asia. A number of issues such as the survival of Buddhism despite onslaughts of Islam and Hinduism, royal patronage of Buddhist art and the role of monks (normally mendicants surviving on alms) in building impressive monasteries and cave temples are discussed in the shadows of Buddhist architecture, murals and sculpture. The book contains rich illustrations of temples, monasteries and stupas as well as paintings and sculptures from a number of holy Buddhist sites including Ajanta, Amaravati, Bharhut, Bodhgaya,

Ellora, Karle, Sanchi and Sarnath in India, Sirigiya in Sri Lanka, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Banteay Srei in Cambodia, Ayutthaya and Bangkok in Thailand, Dali in China and Kamakura and Nikko Toshugo in Japan.

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