Buddhist Art and the Silk Road

Buddhism was established along the trade route of the Silk Road and in the city of Changan (currently Xi’an) where the Tang Dynasty (618-907) flourished. This period can be regarded as the classical period of Chinese Art in literature, music, visual arts and theatre arts. Just south of the city of Dunhuang (at the crossroads of two major trade routes) are the magnificent Mogao Caves housing 492 caves founded in 366 CE by Buddhist monks. The most famous text in the library cave was the “Diamond Sutra” dating back to 868 CE making it the first complete printed book in the world.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

COURSE OUTLINE

  • An introduction to Buddhist iconography
  • Buddhist Art of the Silk Road with images and descriptions of the Mogao caves
  • The significance of the “Diamond Sutra”
  • Tang Dynasty Art: Burial goods, figurines and murals
  • Tang Dynasty Performing Arts: court performances of plays, dance and music.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Learn about pilgrimage and Buddhist Art
  2. Explore the Buddhist Art of the Mogao Caves
  3. Be introduced to the “Diamond Sutra”
  4. Enjoy the various artistic forms of the Tang Dynasty
$29 Limited

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