Summit Of Treasures: Buddhist Cave Art Of Dazu, China

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The monumental cave complexes of the Baodigshan site at Dazu, in Sichuan province, and their vast treasure trove of Buddhist sculpture and painting have been little studied relative to other Buddhist cave art in China. This is the first English-language publication to reveal and explain the incredible artworks hidden in this remote site, dating from the Song dynasty and inspired by the profound tenets of Esoteric Buddhism. Using brilliant color photographs and detailed line drawings, Professor Angela Falco Howard presents the caves in the didactic order intended by their creators, explaining their iconography, symbolism, and the hidden meanings in both the individual elements and overall design. Finally, the author places this magnificent construction within the context of an indigenous style of Buddhist sculpture that flourished in Sichuan province between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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Angela Falco Howard is an associate professor in the department of Art History at Rutgers University and a special consultant in the department of Asian Art of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Author of The Imagery of the Cosmological Buddha , Professor Howard is an eminent authority on Buddhist sculpture and painting and has researched and published extensively on the Esoteric Buddhist cave art of Sichuan province.

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"For students of art history and religion alike, Professor Howard's book is a treasure trove of later Chinese Buddhist scone sculpture, history, and popular culture for one of the richest and culturally most interesting rejoins of imperial China."—Wen C. Fong, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

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