Family Space: Buddhist Materiality and Ancestral Fashioning in Mogao Cave 231

Kyan, Winston
March 2010
Art Bulletin;Mar-Jun2010, Vol. 92 Issue 1/2, p61
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion of Buddhist art in the famous caves of Mogao, in Dunhuang, China. Constructed along the Silk Road between the fifth and 14th centuries, the richly decorated caves represent Buddhist iconography and ritual practice, and many ancient Buddhist manuscripts have been found at these sites. The article focuses on the murals and sculptures of one cave, designated number 231, which are believed to date from the early ninth century. The cave was constructed by the Yin family, and the artwork is said to combine representations of filial piety and Buddhist sutras.


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