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Now Available: Volume 44

Ars Orientalis 44, “The Arts of Death in Asia,” grew out of a panel of the same name held at the 2012 Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference in Toronto. Guest edited by Melia Belli, this issue unites diverse representations of death in art across Asia, while maintaining that Asia is far from a monolithic entity. Volume 44 aims to cultivate new insights about death and funerary art through an in-depth discussion of art objects in their appropriate contexts.

Articles in this volume move geographically east, from modern Uzbekistan to India to China and Japan. Included are discussions of death art found in Ottoman manuscripts and among Buddhist communities in northern Thailand.

Ars Orientalis 44 also marks the launch of the journal’s first entirely digital volume. It provides extras not available in the printed issue, including additional images, video content, and “Digital Initiatives,” a column that explores digital tools, research resources, publications, and learning opportunities in art history and related fields, with a special focus on topics relevant to Ars Orientalis readers. A complement to the printed volume, digital Ars Orientalis offers subscribers a new design and easily maneuverable features. It is available at arsorientalis.si.edu.

Ars Orientalis 44 Table of Contents

Ars Orientalis 44 Table of Contents

Between Heaven and Hell: Salvation, Damnation, and Memorialization in the Arts of Death
Melia Belli

In Memoriam: Dr. Melanie Michailidis (1966–2013)

Dynastic Politics and the Samanid Mausoleum
Melanie Michailidis

Signs of the Hour: Eschatological Imagery in Islamic Book Arts
Christiane Gruber

An Unusual Group of Hero Stones: Commemorating Self-Sacrifice at Mallam, Andhra Pradesh
Mary Storm

Monumental Pride: Mayawati’s Memorials in Lucknow
Melia Belli

The Political Culture of a Scroll: Jien’s Appropriation of Kitano Tenjin
Ikumi Kaminishi

Claims of Buddhist Relics in the Eastern Han Tomb Murals at Horinger: Issues in the Historiography of the Introduction of Buddhism to China
Minku Kim

The Eternal Link: Grave Goods of the Koryð Kingdom (918–1392 CE)
Charlotte Horlyck

Onward Toward Heaven: Burning the Nok Hatsadiling
Rebecca Hall

Digital Initiatives (online-only feature)
Encounters with Digital Art History
Hussein Keshani

Beautiful Data
Steven Lubar

Digital Art History Boot Camp
Nancy Micklewright

Digital Mapping and Art History
Stephen Whiteman


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