ObeliskThemes in Art


Pagodas are a unique form of architecture — these tall, tiered towers are expressions of Taoist or Buddhist worship, common in Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka. The elaborate modern pagoda style evolved from the East Asian Stupa—tomb-like structures where sacred relics were protected and venerated.

Reed Enger, "Pagodas, Homes for the sacred," in Obelisk Art History, Published July 10, 2019; last modified May 29, 2020, http://arthistoryproject.com/subjects/structures/pagoda/.

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