Buddhist Art and Architecture
ISBN10: 0500202656 ISBN13: 9780500202654 Publisher: Thames & Hudson Published: May 1 1993 Weight: 1.05lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
To guide and inspire believers, innumerable symbols and images were made, beginning in India in the 3rd century BC. This phenomenally diverse tradition includes not only frescoes, relief carvings, colossal statues, silk embroideries and bronze ritual objects but also rock-cut shrines with a thousand Buddhas, the glorious stupas of South-East Asia and the pagodas of the Far East, the massive mandala in stone of Borobudur in Java and entire 13th-century temple complexes at Angkor in Cambodia. The author describes all the Buddhist schools and cultures, and explains their imagery, from Tibetan cosmic diagrams and Korean folk art to early Sri Lankan sites and Japanese Zen gardens.