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The Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art

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The Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art was founded in 1986 by Susan and John Huntington, who both served as art history professors at The Ohio State University. Today the archive, which is currently headed by Gregory Shonk and Aimee Phillips, contains over 300,000 photographs and slides of artwork dating back to the year 2500 BCE. These collections feature "predominantly Buddhist material but also includes Hindu, Jain, and Islamic works as well." Additionally, the archive contains the "largest photographic archive of Nepali art and architecture in the world." Visitors can explore over 200,000 digitized images via the Digital Database Collection, where one can browse by iconography, material (e.g. clay, glass, textile), and religious category (Buddhist, Islamic, Shinto, Hindu, or Jain). Alternatively, visitors may also conduct a keyword search. The archive also offers a number of online exhibitions that may be of interest. The educational resources tab features a variety of slideshows created by John Huntington, along with maps, and the Dictionary of Buddhist Terms (authored by John Huntington and Dana Bangdel).
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-04-13
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0413

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