Beyond the Silk and Book Roads

Rethinking Networks of Exchange and Material Culture


Silk Road studies has often treated material artifacts and manuscripts separately. This interdisciplinary volume expands the scope of transcultural transmission, questions what constituted a “book,” and explores networks of circulation shared by material artifacts and manuscripts. Featuring new research in English by international scholars in Buddhist studies, art history, and literary studies, the essays in Beyond the Silk and Book Roads chart new and exciting directions in Silk Road studies.
Contributors are: Ge Jiyong, George A. Keyworth, Ding Li, Ryan Richard Overbey, Hao Chunwen, Wu Shaowei, Liu Yi, Lan Wu, Sha Wutian, Michelle C. Wang, and Stephen Roddy.

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Michelle C. Wang is Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Georgetown University. A specialist in the Buddhist and silk road art of northwestern China, she has published on maṇḍalas, art and ritual, miracle tales, and text and image.
Ryan Richard Overbey serves as the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Skidmore College and studies the intellectual and ritual history of Buddhism, with particular focus on early medieval Buddhist spells and ritual manuals.
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Ryan Richard Overbey and Michelle C. Wang

part 1: Textual Production and Circulation

1 Chinese Bamboo Slips Unearthed Abroad and the Book Road in East Asia: On the Bamboo Slips of the Analects
Ge Jiyong 葛繼勇

2 Vowing the Buddhist Canon along the Silk Road(s): A Study of Colophons to Manuscripts from Dunhuang and Japan
George A. Keyworth

3 The Transmission of Medieval Chinese Paintings to Japan: Paintings on the “Book Road” and Their Reception
Ding Li 丁莉

4 A Gandhāran among the Türks: Buddhist Texts and Travels in the Biographies of *Dhyānagupta (528–605)
Ryan Richard Overbey

5 The Circulation of Texts between Dunhuang and Other Regions as Viewed from the Dunhuang Manuscripts
Hao Chunwen 郝春文 and Wu Shaowei 武紹衛

part 2: Centers and Peripheries

6 The Khotanese and Tibetan Transmission of the Narrative of the Destruction of the Dharma in the Kingdom of Kauśāmbī II: Discussion
Liu Yi 劉屹

7 An Epistolary Buddhist Network between Lhasa and Beijing in the 1740s
Lan Wu 烏蘭

8 Images of Silk along the Silk Roads: Dunhuang Mural Paintings and Tang Funerary Figurines
Sha Wutian 沙武田

9 Birds of a Feather: Mahāmāyūrī between Khotan and Dunhuang
Michelle C. Wang

10 White Silk, Gold Thread, Frosted Temples, and Fat Faces: The Radiating Branches of Zhuzhici, ca. 1700–1900
Stephen Roddy

Scholars and students of Silk Road studies, manuscript studies, Buddhist studies, Buddhist art.
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