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Book 8

How to Read Buddhist Art


Most of the books on this list focus on texts. This is a slim, affordable introduction to Buddhist art based on objects in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

  • examines fifty-four masterpieces from The Met collection
  • explores how images of the Buddha crossed linguistic and cultural barriers
  • discusses how these images took on different, yet consistent, characteristics in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Himalaya, China, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia
  • helps the reader understand Buddhist art and practice

Behrendt, Kurt A. How to Read Buddhist Art (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2020).



How to Read Buddhist Art