Art of China 7a. Buddhist Art in the Tang Dynasty
- Would you say that the Colossal Buddha at Longmen received influences from earlier examples of Buddhist icons we looked at last week? What is your evidence?
- How did people in the Tang dynasty understand matters of death, afterlife, and/or rebirth? How is this understanding reflected by the Buddhist art created at the time?
Colossal Buddha and attendants
Limestone; main Buddha h. 56′ (17 m)
Tang dynasty, c. 675
Fengxian Temple, Longmen Cave 19, Luoyang, Henan Province
Western Pure Land
Mural painting, north wall, Mogao Cave 217, Dunhuang, Gansu Province
Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th cent.
Ten Kings of Hell
Handscroll, ink and pigment on paper; h. 11″ (27.8 cm), l. 2.4 m
Tang dynasty, late 9th-early 10th cent.
British Museum, London