Volume 36 – Number 6
The world first learned of Tibet and the Dalai Lama through diplomats and adventurers who were privileged or brave enough to journey there. With the tumultuous events of the mid-20th century, this exotic view has been transformed. Although the Dalai Lama has become one fo the potent symbols of our time, little is known about this institution that he represents and the lineage he belongs to. 'The 14 Dalai Lamas: Tibetan Reincarnations of Bodhisattva' represents the first significant study of these topics. Urs Haller and curator Martin Brauen introduce this Zurich exhibition. Per Sorensen explains how the Dalai Lama's lineage was established and Kimiaki Tanaka discusses how it was represented in thangkas. Michael Henss traces the process in which photography transformed visual representations of the Dalai Lama from an icon to a 'real' person.
Material amassed by early travellers to Tibet forms an important part of the Asian holdings at World Museum Liverpool. Emma Martin describes new displays which show such holdings to their best advantage. Eldon Worrall sheds light on the importance of the China Trade to Liverpool.