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Chinese Wood Sculptures of the 11th to 13th cent - Images of Water-moon Guanyin in Northern Chinese Temples and Western Collections
Author: Petra Rosch

ISBN: 9783898216623
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 16 October 2007
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8 x 1.5
Description:
Chinese Buddhist wooden sculptures of Water-moon Guanyin, a Bodhisattva sitting in a leisurely reclining pose on a rocky throne, are housed in Western collections and are thus removed from their original context(s). Not only are most of them of unknown origin, but also do lack a precise date. Tracing their sources is moreover difficult because of the scant information provided by art dealers in previous periods. Thus, only preliminary investigations into their stylistic development and technical features have been made so far. Moreover, until recently none of the Chinese temples that provided their original context, i.e. their precise/exact/specific position within those temple compounds and their respective place in the Buddhist pantheon, have been examined at all. In her study, Petra H Rosch investigates these very aspects, including questions about the religious position and function of the sculptures of this special Bodhisattva. She also looks at the technical construction, the collecting of Chinese Buddhist sculptures in general and those sculptures made of woo...

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