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Bamiyan: Buddhist Cave Temples in Afghanistan
Author Higuchi, Takayasu (著) ; Barnes, Gina (著)
Source World Archaeology
Volumev.27 n.2
Pages282 - 302 
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publisher Url
LocationOxfordshire, UK [牛津郡, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
KeywordAfghanistan; Central Asia; Buddhism; ritual sites; sculpture
AbstractThe Kyoto University Archaeological Mission carried out research on the Bamiyan caves in Afghanistan between 1970 and 1978. We aimed at making a general photogrammatic map of the whole area, attributing numbers to all the caves and documenting their murals. The principal cliff extends over 1,300 m linear distance and its maximum height is 150 m. More than 750 Buddhist caves were hollowed out along this cliff. The caves consist of several types of construction: two niches of standing Grand Buddhas, five niches of Seated Buddhas, domed‐ceiling caves, vaulted‐ceiling caves, laternendecke‐ceiling caves and flat ceiling caves. About fifty caves have murals remaining inside; various types of figures are depicted in these: buddhas, decorated buddhas, boddhisatva figures (particularly Avalokitesvara) and circular mandala motifs are popular Some designs were influenced by Sassanian art.
Table of contentsAbstract 282
Buddhist cave temples across Asia 282
Afghanistan's cave temples 286
The Bamiyan caves 287
Mapping the caves 288
The grand Buddha statues 291
Architecture and cave function 293
Buddhist ornamentation 296
Grand Buddha niche paintings 297
Dating the caves 299
Modern fate of the caves 299
Acknowledgements 301
Note 301
References 301
ISSN00438243 (P); 14701375 (E)
Created date2023.11.16
Modified date2023.11.16

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