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The Buddhist Art to the East: A Monumental Spread

August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Buddhist art emerged from India, spread eastwards to Central Asia, Xinjiang, the Hexi Corridor, and eventually arrived at the heartland of China. This monumental movement ran along the Silk Road over the course of a thousand years, integrating the Hellenistic culture with the Indian, Persian, Nomadic, and Chinese.

The Renwen Society presents a lecture on August 7 on this epic movement by Dr. Mao Ming, a specialist in the Buddhist art.

Adopting an archaeological approach, and based on her own fieldwork experience, Dr. Ming Mao will share with the audience the five major developments in the Buddhist art following its eastward spread: the Gandhara Art in India, the Termez sites in Central Asia, the Kizil caves in Xinjiang, the Dunhuang Grottos, and the Yungang & Longmen caves. In explaining these developments, Dr. Mao will also examine five major different artistic depictions and representations of the Buddha.

A native of Hangzhou, Mao Ming holds a Ph.D. in Art & Archaeology from the University of London. She had served as an editor for the Journal of Inner Asian Art & Archaeology at the University of London and taught a course “Forgotten Silk Road: Five Central Asian States” for the British Museum. Currently Dr. Mao is a professor at the Institute of Dunhuang Studies of the Northwestern Normal University in China. Previously she had also served as a research professor at the Dunhuang Academy in Dunhuang.

Dr. Mao is a prolific author of many books and articles. Her award-winning publications include “Pomegranate from the West“, the Oxford edition of the “Atlas of the World Art” in the sub-volume, the Metropolitan Museum of New York exhibition catalogue entitled “Dawn to the Golden Age“. Her five Central Asian archaeological translations, including Turks, Sogdians and Nana Goddess, were on the top academic list of Dangdang (a major online book seller in China) in 2018.

Professor Mao has been a member of the UNESCO Archaeological Team protecting Buddhist temples and frescoes in Central Asian for the past 17 years.

Free, but advanced registration is requested.






August 7
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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