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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. The Many Treasures Stupa: Visionary Signpost and Cognitive Model The Apparitional Stupa / Images of the Many Treasures Stupa at Yungang: Cave 5 / The Many Treasures Stupa Scene in Cave 169 at Binglingsi / Two Women's Vision and Threshold Moment / A Memorial Scenario / Beyond Narrative Space: Two Northern Wei Stelae / The Pivot of the Symbolic Universe Chapter 2. Textual Space and Pictorial Reconstitution Imaginary Space in Texts and Pictures / Imaginary Topography and Protopicture / The Lotus Sutra as a Spatial and Temporal Fiction: Problems for the Painter / The Duplicity of Pictorial "Illustration": Nirvana with a Royal Face / A Buddhist Paradise without a Buddha / Which One of the Three? Architectural Forms as Moral Choices / The Rhetoric of the Formal Design Chapter 3. The Circumstantial World and the Numinous Realm The Royal Scenario and Circumstantial Referentiality / The Monastery of Reverence and Love (Jing'aisi) / The Yin Family at Dunhuang / Two Lotus Sutra Tableaux; Two Moods / The Daoist Turn circa 700 C.E. / Postmortem Scenario / The Patron Family's Agenda / The Ritual Space of the Cave Shrine Chapter 4. Mapping and Transformation Enchanted and Generative Topography of Transformation / Numinous Vulture Peak and the Man-Bird Mountain / The Incantatory Landscape / The Guanyin Tableaux from Wanfosi / The Talismanic Landscape under the Tang Chapter 5. Mirroring and Transformation Seeing as Piercing / The Shadow Image / The Mirror Image / Mirror Hall / Cave Shrine as Mirror Hall / Mirror and Gateway / Mystic Vision / Grotto Heaven Chapter 6. Chronotope and Heterotopia The Lotus Sutra Topography as Threshold to Other Worlds / Pagodas, Miracles, Transformation Tableaux / Longhuta: The Iconographic Program of Its Relief Sculptures / The Buddhas of the Four Directions and the Rhetoric of Time / Temporal and Spatial Fiction of the Relic Pagoda / Chronotope and Traditional Cosmological Scheme / Between Past and Future / Here and There: From Subjugation of Demons to the Amitâbha Pure Land / Transformation and the Inconceivable / Walking and Circumambulation / Agency of Transformation / Competing Pure Lands / The Primacy of the Tuita Heaven in the Longhuta / The Dense and the Sparse: Two Stylistic Modes and Their Implications Notes Glossary Abbreviations Bibliography Index
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Mural painting and decoration, Buddhist -- China.
Mural painting and decoration, Chinese.
Cave temples, Buddhist -- China.
Tripiòtaka. Såutrapiòtaka. Saddharmapuònòdaråikasåutra -- Illustrations.
Buddhist art and symbolism -- China.