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Tuesday 20 June 2017An insightful look at artistic responses to one of the world’s great religions

Paths to Perfection Paths to Perfection Buddhist Art at the Freer│Sackler
Debra Diamond

Paths to Perfection: Buddhist Art at the Freer|Sackler introduces readers to Buddhist art through the celebrated collections of the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art in Washington, DC. Written for a general audience, the guidebook shares Buddhist art and its history across cultures, from the origins of Buddhism in India to its spread eastward to China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, highlighting transregional similarities and inviting comparison.

This richly illustrated volume offers an accessible overview of the diversity and complexity of Buddhism and its art, with more than a hundred objects from the renowned Freer|Sackler collections, each with a full-colour image and description. Entries are divided by type into five sections: Buddhas; Bodhisattvas; Mandalas and Ritual Objects; Teachers and Teachings; Attendants and Protectors. A map and glossary help familiarize readers with significant Buddhist sites and terms.

This is the second volume in a new series of books and apps to be published by D Giles Limited in association with the Freer|Sackler.

Debra Diamond is the curator of South and Southeast Asian art at the Freer|Sackler.

Paths to Perfection

Buddhist Art at the Freer|Sackler

Edited by Debra Diamond


RRP: US$24.95 / UK£15.95


ISBN 978-1-907804-64-9

240 pages

210 x 152 mm, (5 ⅞ x 8 ¼ in)

120 color illustrations

Publication date: November 2017

Publisher: D Giles Limited, London, in association with Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution


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