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(1996) The Mystical Arts of Tibet
Featuring personal sacred objects of the Dalai Lama (1996, 1998).

(1997) Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment
Devoted to the multiple manifestations of the mandala throughout Asia. (The Asia Society).

(1997) Tibet: Tradition and Change
An exhibit of the Albuquerque Museum. Text by Dr.Pratap Pal.

(1997) The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Literature and artwork on prayer, ritual and meditation from the religious traditions of Tibet, India and Nepal.

(1998) Mirrors of the Heart Mind
The Rezk Collection of Tibetan Art from the Permanent Collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

(1998) Sacred Visions
Early Paintings from Central Tibet. Steven M. Kossack & Jane Casey Singer (The Metropolitan Museum of Art).

(2002) Desire and Devotion
Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. Introduction by Pratapaditya Pal.

Buddhist Art & Architecture
Tangkas, mandalas, mudras and stupas.

Composition in Painting
There are approximately twelve different subject compositions in Himalayan art. If these twelve are understood then all Himalayan and Tibetan painting can be recognized and identified.

The Conservation of Tibetan Thangkas
A group of five symposium papers.

Early Portrait Painting in Tibet
The function and meaning of Buddhist art, by Jane Casey Singer.

Early Tibetan Mandalas
14 fine Tibetan paintings of mandalas dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. (The Rossi Collection).

The Giant Thangkas of Tsurphu Monastery
Giant silk applique hangings for public display and worship, by Terris Temple and Leslie Nguyen.

The Great Applique Tangka of Drepung Monastery
by Nancy Jo Johnson.

Guide to Tibetan Art, Theatre and Music
A list of useful links from the World-Wide Web Virtual Library.

Himalayan Art Resources
The mission of Himalayan Art Resources website is to create a comprehensive research database, a virtual museum, of Himalayan and Tibetan art.

Incarnation Lineage Paintings
Depictions of lines of incarnate teachers in sets of paintings is very common and made more common by the widespread copying of popular sets from locations such as Nartang, Tibet.

Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Art
This website aims to provide general introductory information on different aspects of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist art on the basis of recent scientific studies.

Intent, In Tents and Intense
Thangkas are composite objects produced by painters and tailors with differing intents, by Ann Shaftel.

International Dunhuang Project
IDP is a ground-breaking international collaboration to make more than 100,000 manuscripts, paintings and artefacts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites freely available on the Internet with top quality colour images.

The John C. & Susan L.Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art
A photographic research and teaching archive.

Kings: Buddhist, Hindu & Bon
Kings are an important subject type found in painting and sculpture of Himalayan art. Depicted as royal figures, Kings wear turban-like crowns, layered in sumptuous robes and boots, and sit on lavish decorative thrones.

The Koelz Collection
70 Tangkas. The University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology.

Lost Treasures of Tibet
A crack restoration team tries to prevent medieval Buddhist murals from crumbling into dust.

The Lukhang: A Hidden Temple inTibet
A small pagoda-roofed temple on a lake behind the Potala palace, by Ian Baker and Thomas Laird.

Mahasiddha: Indian Adept (HAR Page)
The Mahasiddha Page of the Himalayan Art Resources web site. (Also see Mahasiddha Outline).

Mandala and Temple Sacred Architecture in Tibet
Photographs by John Milton Lundquist.

Mechak Center for Contemporary Tibetan Art
A non-profit group working to increase the awareness of contemporary Tibetan art and the artists working around the world.

Notes on a Taglung Portrait
A religious hierarch from the Taglung branch of the Kagyu order by Jane Casey Singer. (Please see a similar Taglung Portrait and two lamas in one portrait in the database of this web page).

Painting Ground Colour
Aside from the common multi-coloured paintings, there are three unique types of coloured ground found in Himalayan and Tibetan paintings. These three colours are used to invoke mood and emotion.

Painting Styles in Tibetan Art
Categorizing and naming the regional styles, varieties and traditions of Tibetan painting is a complex and ongoing task.

Russia: Oriental Art Museum in Moscow
A mixed assortment of Himalayan art along with modern paintings by Roerich. (No Url available)

Shakyamuni Buddha
Shakyamuni Buddha (English: the Enlightened One, Sage of the Shakya Clan), founder of the Buddhist religion, born in Lumbini, reached enlightenment at Bodhgaya, taught at Sarnath and passed away at Kushinagar.

Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungne
Chokyi Gyaltsen (1337-1448) was the first to bear the title of Tai Situ, which was given to him by the Chinese emperor Yung Lo of the Ming Dynasty. Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungne was particularly important in the development of Tibetan art for his creation of a new painting style and numerous sets of paintings that have influenced Tibetan painting to this day.

Tangka: Scroll Paintings & Textiles
'Tangka' the Tibetan word used to describe a variety of painted and textile artworks (applique, embroidered, etc.), done with, or on cloth.

Thangka Restoration and Conservation
by Marion Boyer Jean Michel Terrier.

Tibetan Buddhist Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art Essay Topics.

Tsakli: Tibetan Ritual Miniature Paintings
Employed in numerous situations such as empowerment, ritual mandalas, transmission of teachings, substitutes for ceremonial items, visualization aids and funerals, by Juan Li.

Tsering Art School (Shechen Institute)
For the preservation and continuation of authentic Tibetan Buddhist Art. Shechen Monastery.