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Publisher:Abhinav PublicationsIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
Published In:1994
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:3.88 lbs
Pages:pp. 456, Frontispiece, Figures, 64 Pages of Plates (Mostly Col.), Charts, Tables, Index, Glossary, Appendices, Notes, Biblio., Line Drawing, Acknowledgement

The Title "Dunhuang Art Through the Eyes of Duan Wenjie 1st Edition" is written by Tan Chung. This book was published in the year 1994. The ISBN number 8170173132|9788170173137 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 1st Edition edition. This book has total of pp. 456 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. We have about 514 other great books from this publisher. Dunhuang Art Through the Eyes of Duan Wenjie 1st Edition is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts dira-gandhi">Indira Gandhi ough internationally known is infrequently visited. The Mogao shrine at Dunhuang is a cluster of 492 caves, containing 45,000 square metres of frescoes and 2,415 stucco statues. This is a precious Art Heritage of the world. It has great historical and artistic value. These caves were created, renovated and maintained continually with devotion and care from the 4th upto the 14th century. They were also maintained during the subsequent periods up till the 19th century. From the 7th to 9th century, culture and art enjoyed a golden period in China, so did Dunhuang Art.

This volume provides an English translation of selected writings of Prof. Duan Wenjie, Director of the Dunhuang Academy who has given a chronological study of the contents inside the Mogao caves with several decades of research of the Dunhuang Academy under his command.

Prof. Tan Chung, the editor, has furnished an illuminating introduction, while Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, the Driving spirit behind this volume, has made succinct comments in her 'Foreword'. A valuable information on all the Mogao caves has been added.

Colour and black and white photographs and fine sketches by Vineet Kumar supplement the text.

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is committed to exploring all dimensions of art. It feels privileged to place before art historians and art lovers of the English-speaking world first-hand information about this Unique Art gallery going back to one-and-a-half millennia.

About the Author

Prof. Duan Wenjie whose writings are translated in this volume is a scholar, administrator and Director of Dunhuang Academy from 1982 till date. The Academy has become a world-famous center of Dunhuang studies under his dynamic leadership

Prof. Tan Chung, editor of this volume, is Professor Consultant of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. His father, Prof. Tan Yun-Shan, was a life-long associate of Gurudeva Rabindranath tagore, and the creator of the Sino-Indian Cultural Society and Visva-Bharti Cheena-Bhavana. Tan Chung taught in Indian universities and other institutes for thirty years and just retired from Jawaharlal Nehru University as Professor of Chinese. He has authored two important books on the History of the 19th century China: China and the Brave New World and Triton and Dragon, and contributed a Book to the "Classics of the East" series of the M.P. Birla Foundation on Chinese Classical Poetry. He has recently edited a special issue on "India and China" for the ICCR journal. Through his writings and his association with academic institutions, Prof. Tan Chung has provided a fresh outlook for viewing China's past different from some western critical commentaries. He is carrying on the work of poet Tagore and his distinguished father in deepening and enriching the dialogue between the two great civilizations, India and China, specially through the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, who writes the stimulating Foreword for the volume, has provided the vision, inspiration, and support for the volume. She is a leading art historian and renowned administrator of cultural departments and academic institutions in India. She has become an important cultural bridge between India and China.

Mrs. Bagyakakshmi and Miss Sonu Agnihotri who have translated Duan Wenjie's articles are research scholars of Jawaharlal Nehru University. The former also assists Prof. Tan Chung in the East Asian Programme of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

Mr. Vineet Kumar who helps to produce the book and gives it a magnificent appearance is an artist who has had more than two years' training in Chinese painting in China.


Foreword/Kapila Vatsyayan

1. Chronological Chart
2. Introduction
3. Style and Artistry of Dunhuang Art
4. Dunhuang Art During the Sixteen Kingdoms and the Northern Dynasties
5. Dunhuang Art During the First Half of the Tang Dynasty
6. Dunhuang Art During the Second Half of the Tang Dynasty. Dunhuang Art in the Last Phase