Marg Publications, 1998. Hardcover. 9.8 x 13", 148 pp., numerous color and b/w illustrations, cloth, d.j., Mumbai, 1998. Item #8224 Contents
This volume presents new research on topics which centers around the question of how Chinese Buddhist art evolved and what characteristics mark it as distinctly Chinese. Touching upon the Indian roots of Buddhism, the authors focus on the transformations that took place once the belief system entered the Chinese political, social and philosophical sphere. Indian architecture, sculpture, and painting transformed indigenous Chinese art by introducing new subject matter, moral ideals, and a novel aesthetics. However, enough native Chinese principles prevailed to inspire the creation of new sutras and legends that, in turn, inspired artists to create new visual means of appealing to Chinese audiences who needed to reconcile Buddhism with their existing beliefs and moral systems involving Confucianism, Daoism, and the highly stratified imperial power structure.
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