Fragment of a wall painting showing bodhisattvas now in the Freer Sackler Galleries, probably from Kucha (see p.5). Michelle Wang (Georgetown University), her work systematized and greatly expanded that started previously by IDP which had resulted in items from the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Morgan Library and Museum, Princeton East Asian Library and University Art Museum, the Lo Collection, and UCLA becoming available online.
Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C.: Long-term loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.325.13. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and under the supervision of Susan Whitfield (IDP UK) and Dr.
Miki Morita started work as the Georgetown-IDP Postdoctoral Research Fellow for North American Collections with the remit of researching artefacts from the eastern Silk Road held in public and private collections in North America for inclusion on IDP.
In this double issue of IDP News, we show some of the results of her research and success in starting to make many more artefacts from North American collections available through IDP.
Some have argued that this may refer to the unrelated toponym Dunhong – the archaeologist Lin Meicun has also suggested that Dunhuan may be a Chinese name for the Tukhara, a people widely believed to be a Central Asian offshoot of the Yuezhi.
At that time, it quickly became obvious that the combination of Miki’s prior experience in similar projects and the resources and academic community for Silk Road studies at Georgetown and in the Washington, DC area were an ideal fit for convening this project, representing a major step forward for the large-scale incorporation of Silk Road artefacts in North American collections into the IDP database for the first time.
An important station on the southern branch of the historic Silk Road, Hotan has always depended on two strong rivers - the Karakash River and the White Jade River to provide the water needed to survive on the southwestern edge of the vast Taklamakan Desert.
The White Jade River still provides water and irrigation for the town and oasis.
It is the experience of living from moment to moment, in the here and now.
It is through the practice of Zazen that Gautama got enlightened and became the Buddha.