AA401 - Buddhist Art and Architecture: South Asia

A study of Buddhist art and architecture in the Indian sub-continent and Sri Lanka in a historical and functional perspective, embracing the following aspects: monastic residences and their gradual evolution; stūpa as a symbol of religious worship, the Buddha image of the Gandhāra, Mathurā and Amarāvati schools; Buddhist sculpture and painting in the Gupta era; Buddhist art and architecture in South India with special reference to Amarāvatī, Nāgārjunikonda and Jaggeyyapeta; the last phase of Buddhist art in India under Pāla and Sena dynasties; the heavy dependence of Tantrayāna on sculpture; the Śakti cult and its influence on Buddhist iconography; Buddhist art and architecture in Sri Lanka: Stūpa and its derivation from Indian prototypes; Buddhist iconography with styles and techniques peculiar to Sri Lanka; paintings and their local backgrounds; fresco and tempero styles; Sri Lankan traditions in art and architecture and regional South Asian schools.