Pinyan's dissertation investigates the social life of the Buddhist cave-shrines on the eastern mountain of Longmen, which was initiated by Wu Zetian (624–705), the only female emperor in Chinese history. Her focus is on the ways in which highly educated monks and donors from various social backgrounds interpreted and utilized the Buddhist statues for different purposes.
Fields of Study
Visual Culture of Chinese Cave-Shrines
Heian and Kamakura Japanese Buddhist Sculpture
Visual Arts of Modern and Contemporary Japan
MA University of Kansas
BSS University of Hong Kong