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Publication: Mongolian Buddhist Art

August 04, 2012 ·

MONGOLIAN BUDDHIST ART: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEUMS OF MONGOLIA. Volume I, Part 1 & 2: Thangkas, Embroideries, and Appliqués. Edited by Zara Fleming and J. Lkhagvademchig Shastri. (Serindia Publications, November 2011. ISBN 978-1-932476-37-8).

"Mongolian Buddhist Art: Masterpieces from the Museums of Mongolia presents for the first time 441 masterpieces of Mongolian Buddhist art from five major Mongolian museums: the Bogd Kahn Palace Museum, the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts, the Erdene Zuu Museum and the Danzanravjaa Museum. Selected by the Centre for Cultural Heritage in conjunction with the curators of the participating museums, these pieces were chosen for their religious and historical importance, their aesthetic and technical quality, their uniquely Mongolian characteristics and their rarity."

"Volume 1: Thangkas, Appliqués and Embroideries is divided into eight chapters — encompassing within these three media the visual realms of the Buddhas and his disciples, mahasiddhas, Indian, Tibetan, and Mongolian scholars, previous reincarnations, yidams, dakinis, protectors and sacred architecture. Although constrained by the rules of Buddhist iconography and strongly influenced by Tibetan art, the Mongolians have succeeded in creating many works that are uniquely Mongolian, a highly expressive and vibrant tradition that can be seen in this volume. Dating from the late 17th to the 20th century, these examples provide rich materials for the present and future studies of Buddhist art and its heritage in Mongolia." (Serindia Publications).

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Publication: The Black Hat Eccentric (Rubin Museum of Art)

August 04, 2012 ·

The Black Hat Eccentric: Artistic Visions of the Tenth Karmapa.  Karl Debreczeny. July 23, 2012. Rubin Museum of Art.

"The Tenth Karmapa Choying Dorje (1604-1674) was not only leader of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism but also famous as a great artistic innovator. One of the most original and eccentric figures in the history of Tibetan art, he combined different compositional and figural models as well as styles, even mixing genres to create a very personal visual idiom full of charm, wit, and humor. A sensitive and playful depiction of animals is especially distinctive, making his works both intimate and directly accessible. The life of this artist is well documented in Tibetan sources, which provide an alternative historical narrative of the tumultuous seventeenth century as well as a new perspective on Tibetan art history." (Publisher).

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Publication: Langkajie Tangka (The Paintings of Namkha Gyan)

July 19, 2012 ·

Namkha Gyan of Trehor was a very famous artist of East Tibet in the late 17th and 18th centuries. One of his chief patrons was the 3rd Panchen Lama who commissioned paintings which were then given as gifts to the Chinese Emperor of the time. These paintings can still be seen in the Palace Museum in Beijing. Other examples of Namkha Gyan's work can be found in Chengdu, as well as throughout the Kangdze region of East Tibet.

This publication is of significant importance as the first modern publication in any language to be devoted to the works of an individual Tibetan historical artist. The text of the publication is in Tibetan, Chinese and English.

Langkajie Tangka: The Legacy of Seventeenth Century Tangka Painting Master. Author: Yangtar Lhamo. January 2012. ISBN 978-7-5410-4806-7.

 

 

 

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Publication: Collection of Tanglazewang

July 19, 2012 ·

Thanglha Tsewang (1902-1989), an artist and teacher. This publication is one of the first, possibly 'the' first, to highlight the life and works of a 20th century individual Tibetan artist - shattering the common Western notion that Tibetan artists are unknown and egoless.

Thanglha Tsewang first learned how to draw at age 10 from his uncle and was very much encouraged in his studies by the famous Katog Situ. Later, he became a monk and was very closely associated with Palpung Monastery in Eastern Tibet. Over the course of his life he created a large body of works, primarily paintings and in the style of Eastern Tibet - many of which are reproduced in the publication.

Many of these paintings are also represented on the Himalayan Art Resources website.

Collection of Tanglazewang. Authors: Konchog Tenzin, Yontan Tsering, Dodril. August 2006. ISBN 7-5409-3235-X/J-121.

 

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Publication: From the Treasury of Tibetan Pictorial Art, Painted Scrolls of the Life of Gesar

July 18, 2012 ·

A new publication highlighting a set of eleven paintings depicting the life story of Gesar has been published by the Sichuan Museum of Chengdu, China. The large format coffee table style art book has full page images of the eleven paintings along with inummerable details of each. The text is primarily in Tibetan and Chinese language with three English language articles by prominant Western scholars. The well known R.A. Stein article in French on the Gesar painting set has been translated into English and Chinese. Dr. Amy Heller discusses the historical and art historical context and HAR Director and Chief Curator Jeff Watt contributed an article on the art and iconography of Gesar.   

From the Treasury of Tibetan Pictorial Art: Painted Scrolls of the Life of Gesar.  Sichuan Museum. Editor, Zhang Changhong. June 2012. ISBN 978-7-101-08513-6.

 

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New Book: A Garland of Jewels

December 23, 2008 ·

A GARLAND OF JEWELS: The Eight Great Bodhisattvas by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (Jamyang Namgyal, 1846â??1912), translated by Yeshe Gyamtso.

It is very difficult to find information on the descriptions, iconography and history of the group of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas. This book is for those of you out there who are interested in the Bodhisattvas and what is actually written in the Sutras about them without having to read all of the Sutras yourself. A small number of interesting and useful Tantric quotes have also been included. Mipham was especially interested in Manjushri and it is not surprising to see that nearly half of the book is devoted to him. Mipham's text is based on the work of Zhuchen Tsultrim Rinchen (1697-1774) of Dege Gonchen Monastery. Zhuchen was the chief editor of the Dege Tangyur and one of the most important Lamas of Eastern Tibet in the 18th century.

"The great sutras of the Mahayana are repositories of extraordinary accounts of miracles and great deeds performed buddhas and bodhisattvas. Mipham's purpose in writing this book was to inspire us to emulate these great beings and to give us confidence in the effectiveness of the Mahayana path." (Publisher).

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