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Human Flow - Stories from the Global Refugee Crisis (Paperback): Weiwei Ai Human Flow - Stories from the Global Refugee Crisis (Paperback)
Weiwei Ai; Edited by Boris Cheshirkov, Ryan Heath, Chin-chin Yap
R665 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R110 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A powerful portrait of the greatest humanitarian emergency of our time, from the director of Human Flow In the course of making Human Flow, his epic feature documentary about the global refugee crisis, the artist Ai Weiwei and his collaborators interviewed more than 600 refugees, aid workers, politicians, activists, doctors, and local authorities in twenty-three countries around the world. A handful of those interviews were included in the film. This book presents one hundred of these conversations in their entirety, providing compelling first-person stories of the lives of those affected by the crisis and those on the front lines of working to address its immense challenges. Speaking in their own words, refugees give voice to their experiences of migrating across borders, living in refugee camps, and struggling to rebuild their lives in unfamiliar and uncertain surroundings. They talk about the dire circumstances that drove them to migrate, whether war, famine, or persecution; and their hopes and fears for the future. A wide range of related voices provides context for the historical evolution of this crisis, the challenges for regions and states, and the options for moving forward. Complete with photographs taken by Ai Weiwei while filming Human Flow, this book provides a powerful, personal, and moving account of the most urgent humanitarian crisis of our time.

The Fancy of the Earth (Khyale Khak) - The Threshold design of jorjir Mosque (Paperback, 2nd Bilingual edition): Reza Nasr... The Fancy of the Earth (Khyale Khak) - The Threshold design of jorjir Mosque (Paperback, 2nd Bilingual edition)
Reza Nasr Esfahani
R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Abia South & Southeast Asian Art (Hardcover): Van Abia South & Southeast Asian Art (Hardcover)
Van
R7,347 Discovery Miles 73 470 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden has compiled a bibliographic database documenting publications on South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology. Twenty editors and documentalists in Leiden, Colombo, Bangkok, Dharwad, and Jakarta have collected the material in this first volume, and over 1,000 records describe monographs, articles in monographs, and articles in periodicals including reviews and Ph.D. dissertations published in 1996 and 1997. The records are arranged geographically and according to subject: pre- and proto-history, historical archaeology, ancient and modern art history, material culture, epigraphy and paleography, numismatics and sigillography.

The Place of Many Moods - Udaipur's Painted Lands and India's Eighteenth Century (Hardcover): Dipti Khera The Place of Many Moods - Udaipur's Painted Lands and India's Eighteenth Century (Hardcover)
Dipti Khera
R996 Discovery Miles 9 960 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A look at the painting traditions of northwestern India in the eighteenth century, and what they reveal about the political and artistic changes of the era In the long eighteenth century, artists from Udaipur, a city of lakes in northwestern India, specialized in depicting the vivid sensory ambience of its historic palaces, reservoirs, temples, bazaars, and durbars. As Mughal imperial authority weakened by the late 1600s and the British colonial economy became paramount by the 1830s, new patrons and mobile professionals reshaped urban cultures and artistic genres across early modern India. The Place of Many Moods explores how Udaipur's artworks-monumental court paintings, royal portraits, Jain letter scrolls, devotional manuscripts, cartographic artifacts, and architectural drawings-represent the period's major aesthetic, intellectual, and political shifts. Dipti Khera shows that these immersive objects powerfully convey the bhava-the feel, emotion, and mood-of specific places, revealing visions of pleasure, plenitude, and praise. These memorialized moods confront the ways colonial histories have recounted Oriental decadence, shaping how a culture and time are perceived. Illuminating the close relationship between painting and poetry, and the ties among art, architecture, literature, politics, ecology, trade, and religion, Khera examines how Udaipur's painters aesthetically enticed audiences of courtly connoisseurs, itinerant monks, and mercantile collectives to forge bonds of belonging to real locales in the present and to long for idealized futures. Their pioneering pictures sought to stir such emotions as love, awe, abundance, and wonder, emphasizing the senses, spaces, and sociability essential to the efficacy of objects and expressions of territoriality. The Place of Many Moods uncovers an influential creative legacy of evocative beauty that raises broader questions about how emotions and artifacts operate in constituting history and subjectivity, politics and place.

Conversations (Paperback): Ai Weiwei Conversations (Paperback)
Ai Weiwei
R379 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R68 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ai Weiwei is one of the world's most acclaimed artists and dissidents. This book presents him in conversation with theorists, critics, journalists, and curators about key moments in his life and career. These wide-ranging conversations flow between topics such as his relationship with China, the meaning of citizenship, moving his studio to Lesbos to be on the front lines of the migrant crisis, how to make art, and technology as a tool for freedom or oppression. Ai opens up about his relationship to his father as a poet and as a dissident forced into hard labor in a small village after the Cultural Revolution. He shares his thoughts on formal education and the importance of finding your own way as an artist. New York-both the city and its people-were formative for Ai Weiwei, and he speaks eloquently about how these experiences continue to influence him. Ai conjures up scenes from his long relationship with the city: dropping out of Parsons School of Design because he couldn't afford tuition, making portraits in Washington Square Park as an undocumented immigrant in the 1980s, taking photos for the New York Times at demonstrations in Tompkins Square Park, and returning to set up the Good Fences Make Good Neighbors project across the city. These candid, spontaneous conversations reveal why Ai Weiwei has become such a major force in contemporary art and political life.

A History of Chinese Art 2 Volume Hardback Set (Hardcover): Song Li, Weinuo Jin, Yongnian Xue, Guoqian Shan A History of Chinese Art 2 Volume Hardback Set (Hardcover)
Song Li, Weinuo Jin, Yongnian Xue, Guoqian Shan
R5,249 Discovery Miles 52 490 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A History of Chinese Art is a lavishly illustrated work covering the history of Chinese art from the Pre-Qin period (pre-221 BCE) to the early twentieth century in two volumes. Compiled by leading art historians at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the volumes offer a Chinese perspective on the rich artistic tradition that has flourished throughout China's long history, from ancient pottery and tomb painting to furniture, sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy and fine art. Discussion is supported by full-colour illustrations throughout, sourced from collections in China and around the world, including recent archaeological discoveries. A History of Chinese Art provides an introductory point of reference for those with an interest in Chinese history, culture and art.

Chinese Bronzes (Paperback): Helen Loveday Chinese Bronzes (Paperback)
Helen Loveday
R56 Discovery Miles 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The production of bronze vessels in ancient China spans a period of eighteen centuries - from the Shang dynasty, c.17th century BC, to the Han dynasty, 3rd century AD. Cast in large numbers, they were used for ritual ceremonies and in burial. Illustrated throughout from bronzes in the Ashmolean's collection, this book does not attempt a comprehensive history of bronze casting in China, but is intended to serve as an introduction to what is a complex but fascinating subject.

24 sheets of Tie-Dye Gift Wrapping Paper - High-Quality 18 x 24" (45 x 61 cm) Wrapping Paper (Notebook / blank book): Tuttle... 24 sheets of Tie-Dye Gift Wrapping Paper - High-Quality 18 x 24" (45 x 61 cm) Wrapping Paper (Notebook / blank book)
Tuttle Publishing
R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

These fine-quality gift wrapping sheets feature 6 prints inspired by the fun and colorful technique of tie-dye! These papers are suitable for craft projects as well as for gift wrapping. The variety of designs means they are useful for any occasion-whether a holiday, birthday, anniversary or "just because." Tie-dye is making a big comeback-from clothing and home accessories to office and school supplies. Share this feel-good trend with loved ones and make them smile! 24 sheets of 18 x 24 inch (45 x 61 cm) paper 6 unique patterns The tradition of gift wrapping originated in Asia, with the first documented use in China in the 2nd century BC. Japanese furoshiki, reusable wrapping cloth, is still in use four centuries after it was first created. Gift wrapping is one custom that has prevailed through the ages and across the world-it should be special for both the gift giver and recipient.

Contemporary Indonesian Art 2017 (Hardcover): Yvonne Spielmann Contemporary Indonesian Art 2017 (Hardcover)
Yvonne Spielmann
R1,111 Discovery Miles 11 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Indonesian art entered the global contemporary art world of independent curators, art fairs and biennales in the 1990s. By the mid-2000s, Indonesian works were well-established on the Asian secondary art market, achieving record-breaking prices at auction houses in Singapore and Hong Kong. This comprehensive overview introduces Indonesian contemporary art in a fresh and stimulating manner, demonstrating how contemporary art breaks from colonial and post-colonial power structures, and grapples with issues of identity and nation-building in Indonesia. Across different media, in performance and installation, it amalgamates ethnic, cultural and religious references in its visuals, and confidently brings together the traditional (batik, woodcut, dance, Javanese shadow puppet theatre) with the contemporary (comics and manga, graffiti, advertising, pop culture). Spielmann's Contemporary Indonesian Art surveys the key artists, curators, institutions and collectors in the local art scene, and looks at the significance of Indonesian art in the Asian context. Through this book, originally published in German, Spielmann stakes a claim for global relevance of Indonesian art.

Do Ho Suh: Works On Paper at Stpi (Hardcover): Do Ho Suh: Works On Paper at Stpi (Hardcover)
R2,103 R1,679 Discovery Miles 16 790 Save R424 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Motive Der Literatur Der Renaissance Und Die Renaissance Als Literarisches Motiv (Hardcover): Wolfgang Beutin Motive Der Literatur Der Renaissance Und Die Renaissance Als Literarisches Motiv (Hardcover)
Wolfgang Beutin
R1,461 Discovery Miles 14 610 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Origami Paper 300 sheets Japanese Designs 4" (10 cm) - Tuttle Origami Paper: High-Quality Double-Sided Origami Sheets Printed... Origami Paper 300 sheets Japanese Designs 4" (10 cm) - Tuttle Origami Paper: High-Quality Double-Sided Origami Sheets Printed with 12 Different Designs (Notebook / blank book)
Tuttle Publishing
R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This pack contains 300 high-quality origami sheets printed with colorful and traditional Japanese designs. These vibrant origami papers were developed to enhance the creative work of origami artists and paper crafters. The pack contains 12 unique designs, and all of the papers are printed with coordinating colors on the reverse to provide aesthetically pleasing combinations in origami models that show both the front and back. This origami paper pack includes: 300 sheets of high-quality origami paper 12 unique designs Bright, saturated colors Double-sided color 4 x 4 inch (10 cm) squares

History of Art in Japan (Paperback): Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere History of Art in Japan (Paperback)
Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere; Nobuo Tsuji
R816 R648 Discovery Miles 6 480 Save R168 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

History of Art in Japan is a fully illustrated overview of Japanese art, written by one of Japan's most distinguished art historians. This masterful account of the country's exceptional cultural heritage sheds light on how Japan has nurtured distinctive aesthetics, prominent artists, and movements that have achieved global influence and popularity. A leading authority on Japanese art history, Tsuji Nobuo discusses works ranging from the Jomon period to contemporary art, from earthenware figurines in 13,000 BCE to manga, anime, and modern subcultures. He explains crucial aspects of Japan's many artistic mediums and styles-including paintings, ukiyo-e, ceramics, sculpture, armor, gardens, and architecture-covering thousands of years. Drawing on newly discovered archaeological findings and the latest research, the book examines Japanese art in various contexts, including Buddhist and religious influences, aristocratic and popular aesthetics, and interactions with the world. Generously illustrated with hundreds of full-color images, maps, and figures, History of Art in Japan is an indispensable resource for all those interested in this multifaceted history, illuminating countless aspects of Japanese art for scholars and general readers alike.

Die Seebilder Des Jacob Van Ruisdael (Hardcover): Susanne Randhage Die Seebilder Des Jacob Van Ruisdael (Hardcover)
Susanne Randhage
R1,636 Discovery Miles 16 360 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Origami Paper 200 sheets Floating World 6 3/4" (17 cm) - Tuttle Origami Paper: High Quality, Double-Sided Origami Sheets with... Origami Paper 200 sheets Floating World 6 3/4" (17 cm) - Tuttle Origami Paper: High Quality, Double-Sided Origami Sheets with 12 Different Prints (Instructions for 6 Projects Included) (Notebook / blank book)
Tuttle Publishing
R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This pack contains 200 high-quality large (6.75 inch) origami sheets printed with traditional Floating World prints. These vibrant origami papers were developed to enhance the creative work of origami artists and paper crafters. This paper pack contains 12 prints, and all of the papers have coordinating colors on the reverse side to provide aesthetically pleasing combinations in origami models that show both the front and back. "Floating World" refers to Japan's traditional Geisha districts and the art and literary worlds associated with them. This origami paper pack includes: 200 sheets of high-quality origami paper 12 unique designs Saturated colors Double-sided color 6.75 x 6.75 inch (17 cm) squares Step-by-step instructions for 6 easy-to-fold origami projects

Origami Paper 200 sheets Japanese Woodblock Prints 8 1/4" - Extra Large Tuttle Origami Paper: High-Quality Double Sided Origami... Origami Paper 200 sheets Japanese Woodblock Prints 8 1/4" - Extra Large Tuttle Origami Paper: High-Quality Double Sided Origami Sheets Printed with 12 Different Prints (Instructions for 6 Projects Included) (Notebook / blank book)
Tuttle Publishing
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This pack contains 200 high-quality origami sheets printed with beautiful and inspiring Japanese woodblock prints. These colorful origami papers were developed to enhance the creative work of origami artists and paper crafters. The pack contains 12 unique designs, and all of the papers are printed with coordinating colors on the reverse to provide aesthetically pleasing combinations in origami models that show both the front and back. This origami paper pack includes: 200 sheets of high-quality origami paper 12 unique designs Bright, vibrant colors Double-sided color 8.25 x 8.25 inch (21 cm) squares Step-by-step instructions for 6 easy-to-fold origami projects The woodblock prints in this paper pack are from famed ukiyo-e artists Hokusai and Hiroshige. Hokusai is best known for The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1830-32), while Hiroshige became famous for his series of prints The 53 Stations of the Tokaido (1832-1833).

Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periods - The arts of reinvention (Hardcover): Morgan Pitelka, Alice Y. Tseng Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periods - The arts of reinvention (Hardcover)
Morgan Pitelka, Alice Y. Tseng
R3,213 Discovery Miles 32 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The city of Kyoto has undergone radical shifts in its significance as a political and cultural center, as a hub of the national bureaucracy, as a symbolic and religious center, and as a site for the production and display of art. However, the field of Japanese history and culture lacks a book that considers Kyoto on its own terms as a historic city with a changing identity. Examining cultural production in the city of Kyoto in two periods of political transition, this book promises to be a major step forward in advancing our knowledge of Kyoto's history and culture. Its chapters focus on two periods in Kyoto's history in which the old capital was politically marginalized: the early Edo period, when the center of power shifted from the old imperial capital to the new warriors' capital of Edo; and the Meiji period, when the imperial court itself was moved to the new modern center of Tokyo. The contributors argue that in both periods the response of Kyoto elites-emperors, courtiers, tea masters, municipal leaders, monks, and merchants-was artistic production and cultural revival. As an artistic, cultural and historical study of Japan's most important historic city, this book will be invaluable to students and scholars of Japanese history, Asian history, the Edo and Meiji periods, art history, visual culture and cultural history.

Watercolors Gift Wrapping Papers - 6 Sheets of High-Quality 24 x 18 inch Wrapping Paper (Paperback): Tuttle Editors Watercolors Gift Wrapping Papers - 6 Sheets of High-Quality 24 x 18 inch Wrapping Paper (Paperback)
Tuttle Editors
R170 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R25 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

These fine-quality tear-out wrapping sheets feature six whimsical watercolour patterns, suitable for craft projects as well as for gift wrapping. An introduction details the history and meaning behind the designs Tuttle Gift Wrapping Papers are an excellent value a fraction of the price of a single sheet of gift wrap paper from stationery shops Each sheet is removable by tearing along a perforated line There are six sheets with six different patterns in each book

Visible Heritage - Essays on the Art and Architecture of Greater Ladakh (Hardcover): Rob Linrothe, Heinrich Poll Visible Heritage - Essays on the Art and Architecture of Greater Ladakh (Hardcover)
Rob Linrothe, Heinrich Poll
R1,476 Discovery Miles 14 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Selected papers from the 16th Conference of the InternationalAssociation for Ladakh Studies (Heidelberg 17-20 April, 2013)1. Alchi Tsatsapuri: Notes on the History of an Early Monumentby Andre Alexander;2. Lost and Gone Forever: Notes on the Demolition of the Red Temple of Hunderby Noor Jahan Chunka and Gerald Kozicz;3. Fortifications of Ladakh: A Brief Chrono-Typology by Quentin Devers;4. The Munshi House in Leh: A Building History by John Harrison;5. Castles and Defensive Architecture in Purig: An Introduction, Survey andPreliminary Analysis by Neil Howard;6. The Old Stupa of Matho by Gerald Kozicz;7. Visual Representation of Ladakh and Zangskar in the British Library's WiseCollection by Diana Lange;8. Siddhas and Sociality: A Seventeenth-Century Lay Illustrated; Buddhist Manuscriptin Kumik Village, Zangskar (A Preliminary Report) by Rob Linrothe;9. Trees-of-Life, Aquatic Creatures and Other Enigmatic Motifs on Ladakhi WoodArt: What They Tell Us About Art History by Heinrich Poll;10. The Life of Buddha Sakyamuni in the Byams pa lha khang of Basgo, Ladakh byVerena Ziegler.

The Chinese Brush Painting Bible - Over 200 Motifs with Step-By-Step Illustrated Instructions (Spiral bound): Jane Dwight The Chinese Brush Painting Bible - Over 200 Motifs with Step-By-Step Illustrated Instructions (Spiral bound)
Jane Dwight
R359 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R43 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Chinese brush painting uses minimal strokes to describe the essence of a subject and capture its rhythm and grace. This beautiful book contains 200 exquisite motifs to re-create, from flowers and fruits to wildlife and scenery.
This book starts with a brief history of Chinese painting styles, followed by a chapter on materials, tools, and basic techniques. The heart of the book is a directory of 200 motifs, starting with the "Four Gentlemen"--the bamboo, orchid, plum, blossom and crysanthemum. Chinese painting courses usually begin with the Four Gentlemen because the wide range of strokes required to paint each of them provides a catalog of strokes that can then be used to paint any other subject.
"The Chinese Brush Painting Bible "is especially designed for artists of all levels, beginner to advanced, who are looking to hone their skills in a specific style of artwork. The books are 6.5in x 8in, hardcover with an internal spiral binding so they lay open flat as readers follow the steps on their own canvas. This book is beautifully illustrated and contains hundreds of colorful pieces of artwork, photographs, and helpful diagrams. Step-by-step instructions help guide artists through the learning process.

Water and Shadow - Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints (Paperback): Kendall H. Brown Water and Shadow - Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints (Paperback)
Kendall H. Brown
R1,147 Discovery Miles 11 470 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Known as Japan's premier "poet of place," Kawase Hasui is one of the most popular landscape artists of the twentieth century. This richly illustrated catalogue spans Kawase Hasui's most imaginative period-the years from 1918 to the Great Earthquake of 1923. An important contributor to the early shin-hanga (new print) movement, Hasui crafted distinctive landscapes that also recall artistic traditions ranging from ukiyo-e and French Japonisme to Post-Impressionist painting.

Kanban - Traditional Shop Signs of Japan (Hardcover): Alan Scott Pate Kanban - Traditional Shop Signs of Japan (Hardcover)
Alan Scott Pate
R1,035 R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Save R204 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A glimpse into the markets, crafts, and signage of early modern Japan Kanban are the traditional signs Japanese merchants displayed on the street to advertise their presence, represent the products and services to be found inside their shops, and lend a sense of individuality to the shops themselves. Created from wood, bamboo, iron, paper, fabric, gold leaf, and lacquer, these unique objects evoke the frenetic market scenes of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Japan, where merchants created a multifaceted world of symbol and meaning designed to engage the viewer and entice the customer. Kanban provides a tantalizing look at this distinctive fusion of art and commerce. This beautifully illustrated book traces the history of shop signs in Japan, examines how they were created, and explores some of the businesses and trades they advertised. Some kanban are elongated panels of lacquered wood painted with elegant calligraphy and striking images, while others are ornately carved representative sculptures of munificent deities or carp climbing waterfalls. There are oversized functional Buddhist prayer beads, and everyday objects such as tobacco pipes, shoes, combs, and writing brushes. The book also includes archival photographs of market life in "old Japan," woodblock prints of bustling marketplaces, and images of the goods advertised with these intricate and beguiling objects. Providing a look into a unique, handmade world, Kanban offers new insights into Japan's commercial and artistic roots, the evolution of trade, the links between commerce and entertainment, and the emergence of mass consumer culture. Exhibition schedule: Mingei International Museum, San Diego April 15-October 15, 2017

Portraits of the Masters - Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages (Hardcover): D. Dinwiddie Portraits of the Masters - Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages (Hardcover)
D. Dinwiddie
R2,277 R2,028 Discovery Miles 20 280 Save R249 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A catalogue of 108 portrait bronzes of great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It presents a history of these teaching lineages. The sculptures span the most productive period in the history of Tibetan Buddhist art, illustrating Tibetan portraiture's long and varied history. This is a catalogue of 108 portrait bronzes of great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, it presents a history of these teaching lineages based on and illustrated by the collection. Ranging in date from the 12th to 18th century, the sculptures span the most productive period in the

Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (English, French, German, Hardcover): Melanie Trede, Lorenz Bichler Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Melanie Trede, Lorenz Bichler 1
R437 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R66 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the last great artists in the ukiyo-e tradition. Literally meaning "pictures of the floating world," ukiyo-e was a particular genre of art that flourished between the 17th and 19th centuries and came to characterize the Western world's visual idea of Japan. In many ways images of hedonism, ukiyo-e scenes often represented the bright lights and attractions of Edo (modern-day Tokyo): beautiful women, actors and wrestlers, city life, and spectacular landscapes. Though he captured a variety of subjects, Hiroshige was most famous for landscapes, with a final masterpiece series known as "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" (1856-1858), which depicted various scenes of the city through the seasons, from bustling shopping streets to splendid cherry orchards. This reprint is made from one of the finest complete original sets of woodblock prints belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo. It pairs each of the 120 illustrations with a description, allowing readers to immerse themselves in these beautiful, vibrant vistas that became paradigms of Japonisme and inspired Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Art Nouveau artists alike, from Vincent van Gogh to James McNeill Whistler. About the series Bibliotheca Universalis - Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!

Mount Wutai - Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain (Hardcover): Wen-Shing Chou Mount Wutai - Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain (Hardcover)
Wen-Shing Chou
R1,386 R1,040 Discovery Miles 10 400 Save R346 (25%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The northern Chinese mountain range of Mount Wutai has been a preeminent site of international pilgrimage for over a millennium. Home to more than one hundred temples, the entire range is considered a Buddhist paradise on earth, and has received visitors ranging from emperors to monastic and lay devotees. Mount Wutai explores how Qing Buddhist rulers and clerics from Inner Asia, including Manchus, Tibetans, and Mongols, reimagined the mountain as their own during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Wen-Shing Chou examines a wealth of original source materials in multiple languages and media--many never before published or translated-such as temple replicas, pilgrimage guides, hagiographic representations, and panoramic maps. She shows how literary, artistic, and architectural depictions of the mountain permanently transformed the site's religious landscape and redefined Inner Asia's relations with China. Chou addresses the pivotal but previously unacknowledged history of artistic and intellectual exchange between the varying religious, linguistic, and cultural traditions of the region. The reimagining of Mount Wutai was a fluid endeavor that proved central to the cosmopolitanism of the Qing Empire, and the mountain range became a unique site of shared diplomacy, trade, and religious devotion between different constituents, as well as a spiritual bridge between China and Tibet. A compelling exploration of the changing meaning and significance of one of the world's great religious sites, Mount Wutai offers an important new framework for understanding Buddhist sacred geography.

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