Cave temples of Mogao at Dunhuang : art and history on the Silk Road /

"An overview of the history and art of the Buddhist cave temples at Mogao, situated near the ancient oasis town of Dunhuang on the Silk Road in western China"--Provided by publisher.

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Uniform title:Cave temples of Mogao
Author / Creator: Whitfield, Roderick.
Other Authors / Creators:Whitfield, Susan, 1960- author.
Agnew, Neville, 1938- author.
Format: Book
Language:English
Edition:Second edition.
Imprint: Los Angeles : Getty Conservation Institute, [2015]
Series:Conservation and cultural heritage ; 9th v.
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Summary:"An overview of the history and art of the Buddhist cave temples at Mogao, situated near the ancient oasis town of Dunhuang on the Silk Road in western China"--Provided by publisher.
The Mogao grottoes in China, situated near the town of Dunhuang on the fabled Silk Road, constitute one of the world's most significant sites of Buddhist art. The hundreds of caves carved into rock cliffs at the edge of the Gobi desert preserve one thousand years of exquisite art. Founded by Buddhist monks as an isolated monastery in the late fourth century, Mogao evolved into an artistic and spiritual mecca whose renown extended from the Chinese capital to the Western Kingdoms of the Silk Road. Among its treasures are miles of stunning wall paintings, more than two thousand statues, magnificent works on silk and paper, and thousands of ancient manuscripts, such as sutras, poems, and prayer sheets.<br> <br> <br> <br> In this new expanded edition, Cave Temples of Mogao at Dunhuang , first published in 2000, combines lavish color photographs of the caves and their art with the fascinating history of the Silk Road to create a vivid portrait of this remarkable site. Chapters narrate the development of Dunhuang and the Mogao cave temples, the iconography of the wall paintings, and the extraordinary story of the rare manuscripts--including the oldest printed book in existence, a ninth-century copy of the Diamond Sutra . The book also discusses the collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and Chinese authorities in conservation projects at Mogao, and the ways in which the site can be visited today.
Item Description:"This is the ninth volume in the Conservation and Cultural Heritage series..."--ECIP galley.
"In the years since this book's original publication, much has happened at Mogao, and I am delighted to make a few comments regarding this new edition."--Foreword.
Physical Description:158 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 156-157)
ISBN:9781606064450
1606064452
Author Notes:Roderick Whitfield is Percival David Professor emeritus in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Susan Whitfield is head of the International Dunhuang Project, British Library. Neville Agnew is a former principal project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute.