[Buddha-l] Not changing the subject, but I just came across this (for the art-walas on this list)

Jo jkirk at spro.net
Fri Dec 30 01:02:15 MST 2011


Skirting the Bodhisattva: Fabricating Visionary Art 
This essay explores the image-text relationship between the ca. 12-century monumental Maitreya bodhisattva sculpture within a narrow tower in the village of Mangyu and passages from the Gaṇḍavyūha Sūtra. Paintings on the dhotī of the sculpture resemble themes described within a kūtāgāra-tower in the text related to Maitreya, and also depict one of the prominent jātaka associated with the Buddha, the Starving Tigress, or Vyāghrī jātaka. The essay suggests the jātaka was deployed to demonstrate Maitreya’s recapitulation of the course of Śākyamuni’s path of self-sacrifice, and that the resemblance between text and image was intentional on the part of the 12th-century builders in Ladakh, on the far western reaches of cultural Tibet. 

The article is a free read.
Here's a link for the entire journal, for further explorations:


Études mongoles et sibériennes, centrasiatiques et tibétaines
(in French & Eng.)


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