Ling Li

junior fellow
EURIAS cohort 2013/2014
discipline History
Tenured Researcher National Museum Beijing

Research project

Chinese and Tibetan Tantric Buddhist Iconography

 

The field of Chinese and Tibetan Tantric Buddhist iconography is vast. Within it one should distinguish not only the (relatively pure) Chinese Tantric iconography and Tibetan Tantric iconography, but also the sub-branches of Sichuan Tantric iconography and Dali (Yun’nan) Tantric iconography. Despite its great significance for East Asian religious history, and East Asian art history, this field has hardly been studied. So far we possess no systematic historical and geographical surveys of Tibetan and Chinese Tantric art. Unlike, for example, the iconography of the Christian faith which has been studied for generations, the vast field of Tantric iconography has remained largely uncharted. The reason for this is the vast dimensions of Buddhist Tantric art, coupled with the great complexities of historical, geographical, and cultural factors, which have contributed to its endless transformations.

 

My research project aims to lay the foundations for a systematic, multi-volume, history of Chinese and Tibetan Tantric Art. This project will pay attention to historical evolution and geographical variations, no less than to the intimate connections between iconography and canonical Buddhist scriptures as well as iconography and apocryphal Buddhist scriptures.

 

Biography

Ling Li is Tenured Researcher in the National Museum of China (Formerly National Museum of History), in Beijing, China. She holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Buddhist Art from the Department of Art History of the Central Academy of Arts, Beijing. 

Selected publications

 

The continuation of the  argumentation on Buddhism and images (佛教与图像论稿续编), Beijin, 2013.

 

‘The study on yab-yum images of the tantric' (密教双身图像研究), Journal of National Museum of China, vol. 1, 2013.

 

The argumentation on Buddhism and images (佛教与图像论稿), Beijin, 2011.

 

‘The feeding prince image in Tibetan Buddhist paintings' (藏传佛教绘画中的哺乳太子图), Journal of National Museum of China, vol. 2, 2009.

 

Scripture and images: A study on of Tibetan Buddhist Iconography (经典与图像:藏传佛教图像学研究), KongTing ShuYan Publishing Co. Ltd, Taiwan, 2007.

 

Rites for the making of Avalokitesvara images, Religion and Culture Publishing House, 2007.

 

The image of Avalokitesvara in Tibetan Buddhism, Religion and Culture Publishing House, 2003.

institut

senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2013/2014
Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS)
discipline Religious Studies
2013
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2014/2015
Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS)
discipline Art History
2014
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2017/2018
Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS)
discipline Mathematics
2017
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2014/2015
Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS)
discipline Art History
2014