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By David Jackson

The current booklet is a primary try at exploring the sacred portray traditions of Tibet from the mid-15th via twentieth centuries at the foundation of either the surviving pictorial continues to be and the broad written resources that continue to exist within the Tibetan language. The examine of this era of Tibetan paintings heritage has in impression been missed lately in prefer of the earliest classes. but nearly all of extant masterpieces of Tibetan Buddhist portray belong to this newer interval, and the appropriate written and pictorial assets now on hand, even though they've got by no means been absolutely applied beforehand, are in reality relatively wealthy. the current examine makes an attempt within the first position to spot the good founders of the most faculties of Tibetan portray and to find references to their surviving works of sacred artwork. via recourse to the artists personal writings, if on hand, to the biographies in their major consumers, and to different contemporaneous or approximately contemporaneous resources, it's been attainable to explain some of the conditions of the careers of such well-known Tibetan painters as sMan-bla-don-grub, mKhyen-brtse-chen-mo and Nam-mkha-bkra-shis, who have been the founders of the sMan-ris, mKhyen-ris and Karma sgar-bris traditions, respectively. For the benefit of scholars and researchers, the publication contains a survey of the most on hand Tibetan assets and reports, either conventional and sleek, in addition to a close precis of prior Western learn in this topic. It additionally offers the texts and translations of crucial passages from the most conventional resources. This richly illustrated quantity additionally contains special indices, and it'll be an integral consultant and reference paintings for somebody drawn to Tibetan paintings.

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Das komplexe Phanomen der tibetischen Kunst gewachsen ist, sind relativ deurlich zu fassen, wenngleich hier die legendendurchsetzte einheimische Uberlieferung von den hisrorischen Fakten getrennt werden muB. So fiihren z. B. tibetische Texte eine angeblich von China angeregte Malrradition, die sog. Gadri-Schule (sGa-bris) [sic], auf Kiinstler zuriick, die eine der beiden Gemahlinnen des Konigs Songtsen Gampo, eine chinesische Prinzessin, in der Mitre des 7. Jahrhunderts aus China mitgebracht habe.

First the author gives a traditional account of the earliest Buddha image in India carved from sandalwood (in the Buddha's time) and how that image came to China and was taken as the example for the earliest Chinese scroll painting by the minister Zi Chun Phu Sa Then. ) minister. 80 The author then attempts to describe the famous painting styles known to him. My translation of the chapter begins from verse 6, at the point in the narrative where the sandalwood Buddha image has miraculously gone from India to China.

Chandra," which should in fact be E. G. Smith (1970). To my knowledge, A-mdo was nota center of the Karma-sgar-bris, though H. Karmay (1975) and indirectly Smith (1970) also made this assertion. A-mdo had its own rather heavily Chinese-influenced styles, which are somewhat similar at first glance but which Tibetan artists can differentiate easily. 51 As will be described in more detail below, however, the 5th Dalai Lama made a conscious effort to patronize both of the two main schools of his period-the sMan-ris and mKhyen-ris-and he even sponsored attempts to revive or at least imitate a style that by then was archaic, namely the Bye' u-ris.

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