Elikhina Yu.I. Buddhist Monuments from Khotan in the Collection of the Hermitage // Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century / Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. P. 75-81.
In the early centuries A.D., miniature Buddhist sculpture from Gandhara became wide spread on the territory of Eastern Turkestan and Middle Asia. This is supported by the finds of archaeological expeditions, as well as by numerous
research publications. Samples of Gandharan miniature sculpture
carved of stone and ivory were found in Khotan by the
1900—01 expedition of Aurel Stein.1 One of the first research
publications on the subject was S.F Oldenburg’s article2 dedicated
to Gandharan art relics found in Khotan. The majority of
works described by S.F. Oldenburg are displayed in the
Hermitage permanent exhibition. The figurines placed in the
interior of the wooden reliquary from N.F. Petrovsky’s collection
exemplify this type of sculpture. It is a well-known fact that
N.F Petrovsky had his own suppliers from among the local
population and collected only portable materials. His collection
consists predominantly of objects found on the territory of
Khotan oasis. The collection was purchased by the Imperial
Hermitage in 1897. It consists for the most part of small-size
articles. The reliquary, like all works of art from the Petrovsky
collection, bears the old inventory number and P mark...
On March 4, 2020, at the meeting of the Council of Young Scholars at the IOM RAS, junior researcher of the institute O. Bonch-Osmolovskaya will read a lecture On the question of periodisation of Confucian exegetic idea.