Of Palaces and Pagodas: Palatial Symbolism in the Buddhist Architecture of Early Medieval China

  title={Of Palaces and Pagodas: Palatial Symbolism in the Buddhist Architecture of Early Medieval China},
  author={Tracy Miller},
  journal={Frontiers of History in China},
  • Tracy Miller
  • Published 2015
  • History
  • Frontiers of History in China
This paper is an inquiry into possible motivations for representing timber-frame architecture in the Buddhist context. By comparing the architectural language of early Buddhist narrative panels and cave temples rendered in stone, I suggest that architectural representation was employed in both masonry and timber to create symbolically charged worship spaces. The replication and multiplication of palace forms on cave walls, in “pagodas” (futu 浮圖, fotu 佛圖, or ta 塔), and as the crowning element of… Expand
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