Buddha: Radiant Awakening

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Overview

Buddhism, a faith of perpetual evolution and regeneration, has flourished for over two thousand years and has been embraced by peoples of many cultures. Veneration for the Buddha in all his myriad forms has inspired glorious imagery that celebrates his beliefs. This magnificent book presents and discusses works of art from many countries that portray the life of Buddha and address the different ideas that have shaped the religion through the ages to the present day.Buddha: Radiant Awakening provides illustrations of paintings, sculpture, metalwork, manuscripts, mandalas, and textiles, with images that range from early Indian sculptures to Japanese and Chinese scrolls, from a Tibetan tangka to a contemporary set of panels created from digital media. Each image is explained, and longer essays by authorities in the field discuss such topics as the life of Buddha, Buddhist cosmology, Buddha lands, and Buddhas of the past, present, and future. A comprehensive glossary is also included. Lavishly illustrated with some 150 full-color photographs, this book offers a compelling example of the enduring fascination with and power of Buddha.

Author Biography: Jackie Menzies is head curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.

Distributed for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

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The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, is the sole venue for an exhibition of stunning Buddhist objects. However, they were loaned from institutions and private collectors from all over the world, and 17 experts, in addition to the gallery's head curator, Menzies, are acknowledged as contributors here. The first major section, "Radiant Awakening," discusses the historical personage (sixth to fifth century B.C.E.) known after his enlightenment as the Buddha Shakyamuni (before that as Siddhartha Gautama). The other major sections, "Radiating Through Space" and "Radiating Through Time," become much more complex with iconography related to other Buddhas, such as the Cosmic Buddha, the Primordial Buddha, and the Future Buddha. While there is some redundancy between the catalog descriptions and the text (particularly on hand symbolism), this is a minor flaw when one considers the depth and breadth of the discussion of the impressive variety of sacred objects from so many different Asian countries over so many centuries. Metal, stone, and wooden sculptures; manuscript scrolls and folding books; woven and painted textiles; and wall paintings are all pictured in the book's 150 color illustrations. Recommended for larger academic and public libraries.-Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300098723
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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