By Amy McNair

"Donors of Longmen" is the 1st paintings in a Western language to re-create the historical past of the Longmen Grottoes, certainly one of China's nice stone sculpture treasure homes. Longmen, a UNESCO international background web site positioned close to the previous capital of Luoyang in sleek Henan Province, involves millions of historical cave chapels and shrines containing Buddhist icons of all sizes that have been carved into the towering limestone cliffs from the 5th to the 8th centuries. past its magnificent sculpture, Longmen additionally preserves hundreds of thousands of engraved dedicatory inscriptions by way of its donors, who incorporated emperors and empresses, aristocrats, courtroom eunuchs, artisans, clergymen, nuns, lay societies, girl palace officers, male civil and armed forces officers, and traditional lay believers. according to broad analyzing of either Asian and Western-language scholarship and cautious research of the structure, epigraphy, and iconography of the location, Amy McNair presents a wealthy and certain exam of the dynamics of religion, politics, and funds at Longmen, starting with the inception of the positioning at Guyang Grotto in 493 and concluding with the final significant dated venture, the forty-eight Amitabhas additional to the nice Vairocana picture Shrine in 730. via her delicate and well-informed exploration of Longmen's large repository of exceptional early sculpture, McNair provides voice to a big selection of medieval believers, lots of them typically excluded from background. Hers could be the definitive paintings on Longmen for years yet to come.

Show description

Read or Download Donors of Longmen: Faith, Politics, and Patronage in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Sculpture PDF

Similar Chinese books

Readings of the Platform Sutra (Columbia Readings of Buddhist Literature)

The Platform Sutra contains a variety of very important Chan/Zen Buddhist teachings. imagined to comprise the autobiography and sermons of Huineng (638–713), the mythical 6th Patriarch of Chan, the sutra has been well known between monastics and the knowledgeable elite for hundreds of years. the 1st learn of its type in English, this quantity bargains essays that introduce the heritage and concepts of the sutra to a basic viewers and interpret its practices.

Intersectoral Resource Flows and China's Economic Development (Studies on the Chinese Economy)

This e-book makes a survey of the methodologies utilized in past quantitative research of intersectoral source flows (IRF). in accordance with the dialogue of the defects of a lot latest paintings, an try is made to enhance the dimension of IRF. The e-book is a scientific research of IRF in China 1952-1983 and lays a lot of the basis for constructing a coherent research of the timing, measurement and path of IRF in China.

A History of the Chinese Language

A heritage of the chinese offers a complete advent to the old improvement of the chinese from its proto Sino-Tibetan roots in prehistoric instances to trendy ordinary chinese language. Taking a hugely available and balanced technique, it provides a chronological survey of many of the levels of chinese improvement, masking an important facets reminiscent of phonology, syntax and semantics.

500 Common Chinese Idioms: An Annotated Frequency Dictionary

500 universal chinese language Idioms is the correct device for all intermediate to complex rookies of chinese language. in accordance with huge corpora of actual language facts, it provides the five hundred most ordinarily used chinese language idioms or chengyu, besides various synonyms, antonyms and the commonest constructions, permitting the reader to make informed guesses concerning the meanings of thousands of unexpected idioms.

Additional resources for Donors of Longmen: Faith, Politics, and Patronage in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

Show sample text content

Rated 4.04 of 5 – based on 33 votes