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Entries for month: June 2012

Tibetan Traditional Art & Contemporary Painting

June 30, 2012 ·

Tibetan Traditional Art & Contemporary Painting by Sherab Gyaltsen of Lhasa explores traditional Tibetan themes in painting and the possibilities of expressing and relating to them in his own painting style within a contemporary art context. "When a work of art or any phenomena touches my soul, no matter whether beautiful or ugly, I believe this impression to be art. Naturally, my art is seeking to always express my internal spirit world; the wide and generous Buddhist world is my artistic resource." (Asian Art, www.asianart.com).

 

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Shakyamuni Buddha, Life Story, Confession & Arhats

June 28, 2012 ·

All of the paintings below are both early in period and depict the subjects of Shakyamuni Buddha along with [1] the Life Story, together with [2] the Sixteen Arhats and [3] the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas, or all three together. Most of the paintings have the same register type composition structure in common. The depictions of the life story also appear to be based one on the other with some vignettes almost identical in narrative and arrangement. The composition of the paintings are most likely following earlier models of already established composition for these three important subjects that specifically represent the Theravadin (Hinayana) and Mahayana Traditions of Buddhism.

(There are a number of other early examples of this subject represented in painting which are not yet up on the HAR website).

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Tagten Puntsog Ling Monastery - Additions

June 28, 2012 ·

Tagten Puntsog Ling Monastery was founded by Jonang Taranata at the beginning of the 17th century. The various levels of floors inside the main temple are each decorated in different styles of Tibetan painting, Khyenri, Menri and a unique variation that could be called Jonang style. The images belong to the Sarah Richardson Photographic Archive.

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Gyantse Fortress, Palkor Chode & Kumbum - Additions

June 28, 2012 ·

The town of Gyantse is famous for the three major sites of the Fortress, Palkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum. Built in the 15th century, all three sites are a major treasure house of Tibetan artistic culture. The images belong to the Sarah Richardson Photographic Archive.

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Gonkar Chode Monastery - Images Added

June 28, 2012 ·

Gonkar Chode Monastery is the birth place for one of the sub traditions of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism but it is remembered more for being the place where the Khyen-ri Style of Tibetan painting originated with Khyentse Chenmo. The monastery is an approximately two hour drive West of the town of Lhasa. The images belong to the Sarah Richardson Photographic Archive.

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Drolma Lhakang, Lhasa, Tibet

June 28, 2012 ·

Drolma Lhakang is one of the oldest Temples in the Lhasa area of Central Tibet, located just to the West of the town. It is most commonly associated with Jowo Atisha in the 11th century. Take special note of the large stone lions at the base of the very tall standing bodhisattva figures. The images belong to the Sarah Richardson Photographic Archive.

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Repeated Background Figures - Updated

June 26, 2012 ·

The Repeated Background Figures Page has been updated. Three general subject types are found when looking at Repeated Figure Compositions. These three types also correspond to an early, middle and late chronology in the development of Tibetan paintings. 1) Early paintings sometimes depict rows of what appear to be identical Buddhas (along with other figures in the lower registers). The subject of these paintings are drawn from the Charya and Yoga Tantras where a particular mandala will contain the 1000 Buddhas of the Eon. Although the imagery of the figures appears repeated, actually each of the Buddhas has a unique name and identity. Paintings such as those lost popularity after the 15th century. 2) Following after that time the subject of only painting the 1000 Buddhas as secondary figures in sets of five paintings became more popular. Again, as before, each of these Buddhas has a unique name and identity. 3) After approximatley  the 17th century it became far more popular to create paintings with repeated identical secondary figures that all have the same appearance, name and identity.

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Shalu Monastery, Images & Murals

June 26, 2012 ·

Shalu Monastery is one of the earliest Tibetan monasteries (11th century) and one of the most important for the study of early Tibetan Art History. The monastery is located between the towns of Shigatse and Gyantse, but closer to Shigatse. The images belong to the Sarah Richardson Photographic Archive.

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Mindrolling Monastery Images - Added

June 26, 2012 ·

Images of Mindrolling Monastery have been added. The images belong to the Sarah Richardson Photographic Archive. Mindrolling, in central Tibet, was constructed in the 17th century and quickly became one of the most important Nyingma centers in all of Tibet.

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Nyening Monastery - Images Added

June 26, 2012 ·

Images of Nyening Monastery have been added. The images belong to the Sarah Richardson Photographic Archive. Nyening, located a short distance South of Gyantse Town, is counted as one of the very early monasteries of Tibet. It is located on an important trade route that connects the Gyantse Valley to Nepal and India in the South.

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