Volume 39 – Number 6
Per Sørensen shows us that the roots of the universally known Dalai Lama institution goes back almost 900 years to the founding legend and history of Reting, the first Kadampa monastery in Tibet. Also looking back in history is Christian Luczanits's article discussing the monumental expedition to Tibet of two young Americans in 1938 and their resultant memoir and accompanying photos. Amy Heller begins with the founding of the Ramoche temple in Lhasa and tracks the different changes it has undergone over time to end with a discussion of the restoration of the roof and roof shrine.
Moving on, Gudrun Bühnemann demonstrates that icons in Tusha Hiti are among the finest Tantric sculptures in Nepal. Michael Knight, Ruan Weiping and Bai Ning mark an exhibition of court arts from the Ming dynasty on view at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco until 21 September. Sylvan Barnet and William Burto, collectors of Japanese art, explore the meaning of Japanese chinso portraits.
We offer tributes to Roxanna Brown, director of The Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum at Bangkok University, and Sherman Lee, the distinguished former director of The Cleveland Museum of Art. September also features reports on recent auctions worldwide and previews of the flurry of international events this autumn.