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Volume 32 – Number 10

Dec 2001

 


The Art of Tibet


Detail from a Prajnaparamita manuscript showing a Shakyamuni triad
 
Pijor, Dolpo
 
Pigment on paper
'Bum ca No. 192

This issue features articles discussing recent findings in Tibetan art. Amy Heller examines a Kashmiri-style bronze Buddha and a paintings of a seated Shakyamuni, both with historically important inscriptions, which enable her to identify distinct schools of Indian aesthetic influence in eleventh century Tibet. Aldo Mignucci's analysis of three thirteenth century monk portraits that can be associated either by inscription or stylistically with Yazang monastery sheds light on a previously unknown painting tradition. By comparing a thirteenth century Tibetan sculpture of Vajrasana Buddha to similar images from India and the Himalayan region, Jane Casey Singer concludes that these are reproductions of the main image in the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya.
 
Helmut F. Neumann discusses the lesser-known wall paintings of the Shadakshari chapel at Shalu, including one of only two well-preserved mandalas in the monastery, and suggests that it was painted in the second decade of the fourteenth century. Rob Linrothe and Melissa Kerin gives an account of their participation in deconsecration and reconsecration rituals at Kadampa Chorten in Zangskar, and summarize their investigation of the chorten's clay sculptures, murals and paintings on cloth. Amy Heller describes the rediscovery of fourteenth/fifteenth century manuscrips at Pijor in the Dolpo region, and the project to restore Nesar monastery and preserve its library. Romanization of Tibetan terms and names in all articles in this issue follows the system used by the respective authors.
 
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