Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the IATS, 2003. Volume 13: Art in Tibet

Issues in Traditional Tibetan Art from the Seventh to the Twentieth Century


Editor: Erberto Lo Bue
This volume deals with specific issues related to Tibetan art, ranging from the earliest Buddhist buildings in central, southern and eastern geocultural Tibet up to the artistic traditions flourishing in the 20th century. The papers are arranged following the chronology of the sites or the themes taken into consideration in the first part and logical criteria in the latter part. Illustrated with numerous black-and-white pictures and 32 pages of colour plates, its contents are of special interest to scholars and specialists, while a large part is accessible to non-specialists, too, which makes the book useful also to university students interested in the subject as well as amateurs of Tibetan art.
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Biographical Note

Erberto Lo Bue obtained his Ph.D. in 1981 at SOAS (University of London) and is now Associate Professor at Bologna University. Most of his publications - including two books on Gyantse - are related to Tibetan, Newar and Indian art.

Table of contents

Please note that Cameron David Warner's name is spelled correctly in this table of contents, the contents in the book contains an error.

List of Illustrations
Erberto Lo Bue—Foreword


Cameron David Warner—a Prolegomenon to the Palladium of Tibet, the Jo bo Śākyamuni
André Alexander—Rme ru rnying pa, an Extant Imperial-Period Chapel in Lhasa
Christian Luczanits—On the Iconography of Tibetan Scroll Paintings (Thang ka) Dedicated to the Five Tathāgathas
Eva Allinger— Thang kas Dedicated to the Vajradhātumaṇḍala. Questions of Stylistic Connections
Helmut and HeidI Neumann—The Wall Paintings of the Mgon khang of Lcang Sgang ha
Michael Henss—Liberation from the Pain of Evil Destinies: the Giant Appliqué Thang kas (gos sku) at Gyantse (Rgyal rtse dpal ’khor chos sde)
Irmgard Mengele—New Discoveries about the Life of Chos dbyings rdo rje, the Tenth Karma pa of Tibet 1606–1674)
Gabrielle Yablonski—The Scarcely Known Temple of Maṇi Lhakhang, Dechen County, Central Tibet:a Possible Bka’ gdams pa Foundation?
Sarah E. Fraser—Sha bo tshe ring, Zhang Daqian and Sino-Tibetan Cultural Exchange, 1941–1943: Defining
Research Methods for A mdo Regional Painting Workshops in the Medieval and Modern Periods

'Minor’ Arts, Iconography, TechnIques, MaterIals and Photographic Records

Dralha Dawa Sangpo—A Survey Report on a Carved Stone Tibetan “Go” Board: Newly Found Evidence of the Tibetan Culture of “go”
Tenpa Rabten—A Brief Discussion of the Origin and Characteristics of the Decorative Design on Tibetan Rlung rta (Prayer Flags)
Zara Fleming—The Ritual Significance of Zan par
John Clarke—Non-Sculptural Metalworking in Eastern Tibet 1930–2003
Shunzo Onoda—De’u dmar dge bshes’s Method of Compounding Colours: Lac-dye Brown, Vermilion Brown and the Colours Derived from Them
Kimiaki Tanaka—On the Tradition of the Vairocanāsambodhi-sūtra and the Garbhamaṇḍala in Tibet
Serinity Young—The Buddhist Discourse on Gender in Tibetan Medical Iconography
Sjoerd De Vries—A Present from the Tzar
Knud Larsen—A Newly-Discovered Old Perspective Drawing of Lhasa


Students, scholars, amateurs interested in Tibetan art history, painting, iconography, metalwork. The volume is a must for institutes and departments of oriental studies and arts, for public and academic libraries.


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