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Author Wu Hung, 1945- author.

Title Spatial Dunhuang : experiencing the Mogao Caves / Wu Hung
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (xix, 368 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color)
Contents Introduction: Approaching the Mogao Caves -- The Mogao Caves of Dunhuang -- Total space -- Interior spaces -- Sculptural and pictorial programs -- Pictorial Space -- Conclusion: toward an art historical methodology
Summary "Constructed over a millennium from the fourth to fourteenth centuries CE near Dunhuang, an ancient border town along the Silk Road in northwest China, the Mogao Caves comprise the largest, most continuously created, and best-preserved treasure trove of Buddhist art in the world. Previous overviews of the art of Dunhuang have traced the caves' unilinear history. This book examines the caves from the perspective of space, treating them as physical and historical sites that can be approached, entered, and understood sensually. It prioritizes the actual experiences of the people of the past who built and used the caves. Five spatial contexts provide rich material for analysis: Dunhuang as a multicultural historic place; the Mogao Cave complex as an evolving entity; the interior space of caves; interaction of the visual program with architectural space; and pictorial space within wall paintings that draws viewers into an otherworldly time. With its novel approach to this repository of religious art, Spatial Dunhuang will be a must-read for anyone interested in Buddhist art and for visitors to Dunhuang"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 15, 2023)
Subject Sacred space -- China -- Dunhuang Caves
Sacred space
Dunhuang Caves (China)
China -- Dunhuang Caves
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021056428
ISBN 9780295750217