Spring 2023

Buddhist Art of Asia

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-261  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-260


Samuel C. Morse (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 261 and ASLC 260) Visual imagery plays a central role in the Buddhist faith. As the religion developed and spread throughout Asia it took many forms. This course will first examine the appearance of the earliest aniconic traditions in ancient India, the development of the Buddha image, and early monastic centers. It will then trace the dissemination and transformation of Buddhist art as the religion reached South-East Asia, Central Asia, and eventually East Asia. In each region indigenous cultural practices and artistic traditions influenced Buddhist art. Among the topics the course will address are the nature of the Buddha image, the political uses of Buddhist art, the development of illustrated hagiographies, and the importance of pilgrimage, both in the past and the present.

Spring semester. Professor Morse.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Written work, readings, oral presentations, group work, exams, field trips, visual analysis

ARHA 261 - LEC

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM FAYE 113
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM FAYE 113
F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM FAYE 113


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2021, Spring 2023