Project Wellspring

Di Luo's Teaching Portfolio

Asian Art 7a. Buddhist Art in Central Asia


  1. What is iconoclasm? What do you think might be the Taliban’s purpose of bombing the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001?
  2. List 2 differences between the Bamiyan cave temples and the cave temples in India.

Reading Assignment


  • Lee, pp. 151-155


  • Circumambulating the colossal Buddha (1:58)

  • 3D light projection by Chinese adventurist couple Xinyu Zhang and Hong Liang in 2015 (0:53)

Key Works

Colossal Buddha

Buddha Bamiyan 1963

Sandstone; h. 175′ (53.3 m)

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

c. 4th-5th cent.

Destroyed in 2001

Sun God

Fresco on ceiling

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

c. 4th-5th cent.


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