Treasures of the Buddha: The Glories of Sacred Asia
Here is a photographic celebration of the greatest Buddhist art and monuments—all placed in a rich historical and cultural context. These beautifully presented sacred treasures and relics paint a vivid portrait of this venerable religion, from its point of origin in northern India and outward, through the different kingdoms and empires of central, southern, and eastern Asia. Each region receives individual attention, with an examination of Buddhism’s influence on the area, its incredible legacy of artifacts and monuments, and the meaning of the faith’s exquisite devotional paintings and emblems. In close-up images see The Temple of the God King in Cambodia; an elaborately carved ivory netsuke—or Japanese miniature sculpture that was hung from kimonos and sashes; and a gilt statue of the Buddha himself.
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Review: Treasures of the Buddha: The Glories of Sacred AsiaUser Review - Marsha Altman - Goodreads
A great introduction to not only the different ways the Buddha is portrayed in different Asian countries, but also different kinds of Buddhism as it developed in India and beyond and how those beliefs shaped the art. Also, it was on the Barnes and Noble discount rack, so great price! Read full review