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Volume 38 – Number 4

May 2007

The main features in this issue reflect the dynamism and pioneering spirit that characterize the study of Tibetan Buddhism and its art today. In the course of their fieldwork in Ladakh and Zangskar, Rob Linrothe, Melissa Kerin and Gerald Kozicz discovered murals that will contribute to a fuller understanding of the area's history, its workship practices, iconography and painting styles, and the establishment of a dating framework for artworks created during the so-called 'Second Diffusion' of Buddhism. Their differing interpretations do not suggest dispute but are indicative of the burgeoning discourse in an area of research still in its infancy. As demonstrated by Linrothe's study of the depictions of Indian yogis in early Drigung painting and Yashaswini Chandra's identification of Green Tara at Alchi, the application of historical context and the examination of texts can bring new readings to seemingly known motifs and works. 

John Clarke's study of three repoussé pieces shed light on works made by Newari artists for Tibetan patrons in the 14th and 15th centuries. Sarah Johnson relates the remarkable story of Jacques Marchais, an American collector who established a museum of Tibetan art on Staten Island. The students of Father Harrie Vanderstappen pay tribute to a life dedicated to academia and the church.

There are also previews of Asian art fairs in Hong Kong, Paris, Brussels and London. Owen Morgan's commentary on graffiti and copyright allows us to re-examine our perceived notions of 'art'.  
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