Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Suspect Art Page

Suspect Art | Confusions & Controversies | Painting & Composition Types

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Name Inscription: Misidentified or Added
- Cityscapes & Holy Mountains Pilgrimage Art
- Depictions of the Lhasa Jowo
- Pilgrimage Paintings
- Temple Shop Art
- Decorative Art: Over Restoration
- Fake Art (Forgery)
- Confusions
- Controversies
- Others...

The works below are suspect. Are they new or old? Were they created with the intention to deceive? A set of Initiation Cards is also under suspicion.

It can be very difficult at first glance to discern Pilgrimage Art from Temple Shop Art and the unenviable questionable Suspect Art. Temple Shop art is for the most part simply a 'bad' poorly created commodity to sell in the bustling market places in front of temples. The religious iconography might be correct or it might be very wrong.

Labeling something as suspect art generally means it has been ruled out as Temple Shop Art. It is then more likely to be an outright fake with the seller, or creator, having the intention to misrepresent or deceive.

Jeff Watt 7-2014 [updated 8-2017]