Chinese Wood Sculptures of the 11th to 13th centuries

Images of Water-moon Guanyin in Northern Chinese Temples and Western Collections



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Chinese Wood Sculptures of the 11th to 13th centuries
Images of Water-moon Guanyin in Northern Chinese Temples and Western Collections
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Chinese Buddhist wooden sculptures of Water-moon Guanyin, a Bodhisattva sitting in a leasurely 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 herstudy, Petra H. Rösch 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 wood in particular. She uses a combination of stylistic, iconographical, buddhological, as well as technical methodologies in her investigation of the Water-moon Guanyin images andsheds light on the Buddhist temples in Shanxi Province, the works of art they once housed, and the religious practices of the eleventh to thirteenth centuries connected with them.
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Petra H. Rösch has written her dissertation in East Asian Art History at Heidelberg University. Since 2005, she is Research Fellow of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre “Dynamics of Ritual” at Heidelberg University and is working on a Postdoctoral thesis on “Confession Rituals at Chinese Buddhist Cave-Temples of the 6th to 8th Century”.
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Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Petra Rösch
Number of pages 386
Language English
Publication date Nov 26, 2007
Weight (kg) 0.5240
ISBN-13 9783898216623