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Frontiers in Art Research, 2022, 4(15); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2022.041505.

The Connection between Dunhuang Grottoes Painting and Thangka in the Middle and Late Tang Dynasty


Xinju Pi

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Xinju Pi

Academy of Fine Arts, Sichuan Minzu College, Kangding, Sichuan, 626001, China


From 786 to 848 AD, Mogao caves newly excavated 57 caves, plus Yulin Grottoes No.15 and No.25 in Anxi County, The Western 1000-Buddha Cave No.15, a total of 60 caves, mural themes are richer than the previous generation in the past 60 years, the Dunhuang mural paintings have been painted the most, the image of mandalas has increased, and many new portrait paintings, screen paintings and Tubo costumes have appeared. The Sutra-illustrations in the Dunhuang murals are similar to the Thangka composition, and the mandala diagram is closely related to the Thangka theme. Dunhuang grotto painting in the middle and late Tang Dynasty is closely related to Thangka, and the painting has a deep origin.


Middle and late Tang Dynasty; Dunhuang Grottoes; Grotto paintings; Thangka

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Xinju Pi. The Connection between Dunhuang Grottoes Painting and Thangka in the Middle and Late Tang Dynasty. Frontiers in Art Research (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 15: 22-28. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2022.041505.


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