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Buddhist Cave Temples of the Kucha Kingdom

by eric — last modified November 18, 2009 12:44 PM

An Afternoon of Presentations and Discussion

What Special Lecture
When November 20, 2009
from 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm
Where Fowler A222
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During the first millennium AD, the oasis kingdom of Kucha in present-day Xinjiang (China) was a center of Buddhist learning in Central Asia.  The Kucha ruling élite sponsored the construction of several Buddhist cave temple complexes, which, though ravaged by  destruction, can still be seen today and rank among the most evocative art-historical monuments along the Silk Routes.  The art-historical importance of these temples with their unique blend of influences from various parts of Eurasia was first realized in the wake of foreign expeditions in the early years of the 20th century.  Today, the Chinese government has entrusted the care of these sites—chief among them Kizil, Simsim, Kumtura, and Kizilgarha—to a research institution headquartered at Kizil that, earlier this year, was raised to the status of an academy.

The meeting will take place on Friday, November 20, from 1.30-4.30, at the Seminar Room of the Cotsen Institute (Fowler Museum A222).  Participants may consider also attending the International Symposium on Chinese Bronze Mirrors at UCLA on November 21-22, which has been announced separately

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