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Hualin International Journal of Buddhist Studies 1.2 (2018): 183–201;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buddhist Arts)

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The Relationship Between the Tangut Art and Textual Heritage: Some Observations

Renmin University of China

Abstract: The paper examines several cases where the Tangut textual materials can be juxtaposed against visual materials and iconography. The problem of the relationship between the two types of sources is discussed, and textual examples are provided to support the author’s point of view. The author argues for the priority of texts before images and intends to show that the ‘systematic nature of Tangut Buddhism’ reveals itself through the uniformity between texts and images.

Keywords: Tangut art, Kahara-Khoto, astral deities, Avataṃsaka, mahāsiddha, Tangut texts, ‮‬西夏文本, 西夏藝術, 佛教, 華嚴, 大成就, 星耀


About the Author: Kirill Solonin earned his doctorate from St. Petersburg University. Since the early 1990s, he was working on the issues of the Tangut language, and Tangut and Sino-Tibetan Buddhism. He worked in several institutions in Russia, Germany, USA and China. He is currently a professor in the School of Chinese Classics at Renmin University of China.


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