Eternal Transience, Enlightened Wisdom: Masterpieces of Buddhist Art (Paperback)

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A collection of sixth- to nineteenth-century Tibetan Buddhist bronze statues from Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, and Mongolia.

Eternal Transience, Enlightened Wisdom contextualizes thirty-three bronze statues and thangkas of deities and gurus in Tibetan Buddhism from Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, and Mongolia dating from the sixth to nineteenth centuries. From an art history perspective, these Himalayan masterpieces reflect an array of aesthetic and artistic traditions from neighboring regions across the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the artworks’ iconography and material culture.

As part of Buddhism’s eternal journey from India to the Himalayas, China, and Japan, the religious icons and objects of daily religious practice remain a testament to the shifting cultures that have engaged with Buddhism over the millennia. Acknowledging such a state of transience highlights the enlightened wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism as portrayed through the various artworks.

About the Author

Luo Wenhua is a research fellow at the Palace Museum in Beijing and the director of the Research Center for Tibetan Buddhist Heritage.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789887470809
ISBN-10: 9887470805
Publisher: HKU Museum and Art Gallery
Publication Date: May 4th, 2023
Pages: 124
Language: English