Dessi Vendova awarded Metropolitan Museum of Art resident fellowship

Congratulations to Dessi Vendova, an advanced doctoral candidate in Buddhism, who was awarded the MET Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellowship ( and will be a resident fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next year, 2018-19. The MET art history resident fellowship will allow Dessi to conduct research and complete the writing of her dissertation, “The Great Life of the Body of the Buddha: Re-examination and re-assessment of the images and narratives of the life of Buddha Shakyamuni” , which is an interdisciplinary and transregional study of the connections between textual and iconographic representations of Buddha’s lives stories and a reassessment of their role and significance for the construction of early Buddhist stupa and cave sites, and the spread of Buddhism from India through Central Asia to China between 3 c. BCE to around 5-6 c. CE.