Reviews 533 Marylin Martin Rhie. Early Buddhist Art of China and Central Asia. Volume 1. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 1999. 460 pp. Maps, 16 colored plates, 67 black-and-white plates, 381 figures. Hardcover $259.00, ISBN 9004112014. This volume contains a discussion of Buddhist art from the Western Han through the Jin periods (part 1) and the art of West Asia and East-Central Asia (part 2). Names and terms are given according to the Wade-Giles system. (Since pinyin is the official romanization of the People's Republic, with a population of over one billion, it is perhaps advisable to supplement Wade-Giles with pinyin in either the text or glossary of a scholarly publication like this one.) Included in part 1 is a social and political history of China at the time of the introduction of Buddhism during the Western (former) and Eastern (later) Han, along with translations of some Buddhist texts. Part 1 is larger than part 2, and this reviewer wonders why, in the second part, West Asia was treated before EastCentral Asia, since the latter is geographically closer to China and its history most influenced by Chinese expansion of the Western and Eastern Han periods. China's isolation ended with
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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