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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

31 October

Sri Lankan Stupa: A unique Buddhist Architectural design of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Stupa

Stupas are one of the outstanding architectural design which is mainly constructed by the peoples from the Buddhist community. In Sri Lanka, stupas are also called as dagobas and cetiyas. It is believed that the construction of Sri Lankan stupa was started with the introduction of Buddhism during the reign of King Devenampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura. The first ever stupa constructed was Thuparamaya which is situated at Mahamewna Park in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

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16 October

Gandharan Buddhist Texts

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Gandharan Buddhist text

Gandharan Buddhist Texts are believed to be the oldest Buddhist manuscripts some of which preserved today at different libraries dates from the 1st century. These texts are written in Gandhari language. In the present context, the texts are preserved in the library, collections scattered around the world.

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13 October

Early Development of Buddhists Art in China

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early Chinese Buddhist arts

Buddhism was spread in China around the 1st century CE. Along with the teachings of Buddha, Buddhist art form of India were also accepted in many parts of China. These art forms were later fused with strong Chinese traits to form localized Buddhist art.

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04 October

Largest Buddhist temples of Indonesia: Borobudur

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borobudur

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It is considered as the world's largest Buddhist temple and greatest Buddhist monuments. The temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture. This monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage.

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22 August

Buddhist art during aniconic and iconic period

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greco buddhist art

When Siddhartha Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment, he first taught his knowledge to his five disciples. Later along with other disciples, he wandered places and spread the knowledge and true meaning of life to different peoples.

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19 August

Buddhist arts in Indonesia

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Buddhist arts in Indonesia

Indonesia, as other Southeast Asian countries, was also strongly influenced by Indian art and culture from the 1st century. At that period, both Hinduism and Buddhism spread in Indonesia but the first to enter Indonesia was Hinduism and later Buddhism spread in the country

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18 August

Historical development of Buddhist art in Cambodia

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Historical development of Buddhist art in Cambodia

In the earlier period, Mahayana Buddhism spread here along with the Hindu influences during the period of Funan dynasty. Later, in the 13th century the second stream of Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism entered here during the Angkor Empire. In between this two religion, Cambodia was ruled by series of Hindu kings with occasional Buddhist kings- Jayavarman I of Funan, Jayavarman VII, and Suryavarman I.

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17 August

Buddhist arts and Architecture of Temples in Thailand

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Wat Phra Buddhist Temple

While the Mon Kingdom was expanding, their art and culture were also influencing nearby areas. These influences were seen in Thailand also. The antique Buddhist arts- statues, murals, architectures, etc.- based on Gupta tradition and the Mon Kingdom were constructed during 1st to 7th centuries.

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16 August

Buddhist arts in Myanmar

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burma myanmar

it has already been mentioned that how Buddhism was spread in the south Asian countries and also how they slowly localized the Buddhist arts. The spread of Buddhism to other nation is mainly due to the efforts of Ashoka, the Great and also ancient silk trade route. With the help of trade route, Indian influences dominated most of the south Asian countries.

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15 August

Buddhist arts in Sri Lanka

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buddha face

During 1st-8th century, south Asian countries developed their own verse of Buddhist arts which had a foundation in the Indian Gupta style. These type of antique Buddhist arts can still be found throughout the area.

During the period of the 8th and 9th century, the special type of Buddhist art, Sailendran Buddhist art, was developed in Medang Mataram Kingdom of Central Java, Indonesia. In this period lots of Buddhist arts were built and therefore it was marked as the renaissance of Buddhist art in Java. Some of the arts were Kalasan, Manjusrigrha, Mendut and Borobudur stone mandala.

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14 August

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

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Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves is also a complex of Buddhist grottos which is located between the cities of Turpan and Shanshan (Loulan) at the north-east of the Taklamakan Desert near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley, a gorge in the Flaming Mountains, China. These grottoes are situated high on the cliffs of the west Mutou Valley. It is recorded that the construction of these grottoes was started from the 5th century and completed only in the 14th century, but most of the caves that existed in the current period were constructed during the west Uyghur kingdom around the 10th - 13th centuries.

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10 July

Mandala in Buddhism: An Introduction

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Mandala in Buddhism

A Mandala literally means circle and has its own meaning in Hinduism and Buddhism. This usually represents the universe. In the present context, the word mandala is used as a term for any diagrams that represent cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the universe.

We can see mandala in monasteries, included in Thangka paintings and most of all it is highly demanded due to in symbolic representation of different Buddhists Sutras. Therefore, mandala is also regarded as Buddhist art even though it is equally important in other religions.

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04 July

Thangka Painting: a Buddhist Art

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thangka painting

Thangka painting is a Tibetan Buddhist art made on a cotton. This painting usually depict a Buddhist deity, mandala or any scene. Silk is added at the side of the painting in order to look nice and to preserve as well

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