Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

(12) Reflections on Sacred/Miraculous Images

3/22/2018
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Wilson C, Mezzanine Level

Within the religious phenomenon of making and copying images of deities and saints, it is well‐known that a certain class of images is considered more sacred than others. Purportedly they can perform miracles, move about, and possess healing or protective powers. Drawing on various traditions of religious imagery in Asia, this panel proposes to examine sacred/miraculous images from multiple perspectives. Susan Huntington’s paper, “When is An Image Not an Image,” investigates whether the practice of consecrating images existed at the time of the creation of the first images, and thus what implications this would have on our understanding of the origin of the Buddha image. Samuel Morse’ paper, “Sacred Image of Eleven‐headed Kannon at Hasedera,” looks specifically at the lineage of copies of the sacred image at Hasedera, first made in the eighth century, and the numinous qualities of both the original and later copies. Murad Khan Mumstaz’s paper, “Objects of Devotion: Images of Muslim Saints and Their Patrons in India,” studies the emergence of depictions of Muslim saints as devotional objects in the seventeenth century and examines the functions of these saints’ portraits. Isabelle Charleux’s paper, “Living Icons of Mongolia: Buddha‐palladiums and Wrathful Ancestors,” examines the religious material culture of modern Mongolia and asks whether specific Buddha images that possess agency and autonomy and are worshiped as living icons might have conflated with ancestors’ cults andshamanistic practices of the Mongol world.

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Dorothy C. Wong

University of Virginia, Virginia

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Susan L. Huntington

Ohio State University, Ohio

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Samuel C. Morse

Amherst College, Massachusetts

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Murad K. Mumtaz

University of Virginia, Virginia

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Isabelle Charleux

CNRS, France

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Dorothy C. Wong

University of Virginia, Virginia

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