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Karl Debreczeny. ‘Faith and Empire’: Art, Power and the Right to Rule

Featuring more than sixty objects from the 8th to the 19th century, many of them from the highest levels of imperial court production, the exhibition ‘Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism’ at The Rubin Museum of Art (1 February–15 July 2019) explores the intersection of politics, religion and art in Tibetan Buddhism. The article looks at the appropriation of Tibetan Buddhism by the rulers of the Tangut kingdom of Xixia, the Mongol empire, and the Ming and Qing dynasties in China to legitimize their hegemony, and the use of its imagery in political propagation and as an embodiment of power.

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March - April 2019
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