Hideen away beneath the mountains of Xinjiang are a series of caves that were inaccessible for half a century. After thirty years of negotiation with the authorities, the photographer Reza finally gained permission to visit the caves and record the extraordinary frescoes they contained. Intended as a focus of pilgrimage and prayer, these paintings were produced by monks in the kingdom of Kucha between the fourth and seventh centuries AD, and depict scenes from Buddhist mythology, its symbols, characters and creatures, and tell the story of the Buddha Shakyamuni and his previous lives.

Painted Buddhas of Xinjiang: Hidden Treasures from the Silk Road

SKU: 048180
$55.98Price
  • ISBN

    1588860272
  • Authors

    Gies, Jacques; Laure Fegere et al.
  • Extent

    167
  • Format

    Hardcover
  • Year

    2002
  • Publisher

    Art Media Resources

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