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Transmissions of Buddhist Architecture in the Tarim Basin and China
Susan Whitfield, British Library
During the end of the first millennium B.C. Buddhism began to spread into Central Asia. Travelling along older land and sea trade routes that were newly secured under the Kushan Empire, it encountered a time of great political, economic and cultural efflorescence, as these routes—today collectively known as the ‘Silk Roads’—brought cultures into contact and acted as a catalyst for the development of new forms. This was the case for all manifestations of Buddhism, not least its architecture.
Friday, February 07, 2014 | 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm