Tabo - Gods of Light: The Indo-Tibetan Masterpiece

van Ham, Peter

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Over one thousand years old, the monastery complex of Tabo and its exquisitely preserved works of art provide a wealth of marvellous pictures. This illustrated volume reproduces the beauty of these works of art, while the accompanying text presents the most recent research findings. Num Pages: 308 pages, 391 colour illustrations. BIC Classification: AGC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 288 x 286 x 25. Weight in Grams: 2240. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: More than a thousand years old, the monastery complex of Tabo in the north-Indian region of the Himalayas is the oldest temple complex in the Tibetan cultural area to have been preserved in its original state. Its main temple, the Temple of the Enlightened Gods, is a unique expression of Tibetan culture and architecture, while its halls form a horizontal walkable mandala. In addition, the monastery holds a wealth of exquisitely preserved artworks, including sculptures and paintings.
           
For this book, the Archaeological Survey of India allowed Peter van Ham unprecedented access to this otherwise forbidden place. The result is a stunning visual account of the outstanding beauty and history contained within the monastery. A concise text accompanies the images, bringing in the latest research on the sanctuary of Tabo, making this volume an absolute must-have for art historians, travelers, and anyone else who has been captivated by the history and culture of Tibet.

About the Author: Peter van Ham is a Frankfurt-based author and photographer who has been researching Himalayan culture for nearly thirty years, documenting it in a dozen books to date.

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Book Description Hirmer Verlag, Germany, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 286 x 282 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Over one thousand years old, the monastery complex of Tabo and its exquisitely preserved works of art provide a wealth of marvellous pictures. The richly illustrated volume reproduces the beauty of these works of art, while the accompanying text presents the most recent research findings. The monastery of Tabo is located in the north - Indian region of the Himalayas. Founded in 996 AD, it is the oldest temple complex in the Tibetan cultural area to have been preserved in its original state. Tabo s main temple, the Temple of the Enlightened Gods, is a unique gesamtkunstwerk. Sculptures and paintings dating back one thousand years that wer e executed in an incomparably delicate style, probably by Indian artists, together form a sort of horizontal walkable mandala. Special permission was granted to Peter van Ham so that he could take photographs of the temple s halls, which are not accessible to the public. The volume presents these breath - taking photographs and describes in detail the entire gamut of Tibetan artistic styles. Tabo Monastery, located in the North - Indian Himalayan region of Spiti (Himachal Pradesh) and founded in 996 CE, is the most ancient temple - site of the entire Tibetan cultural realm, which has been preserved unaltered in its original state. Simple adobe buildings erected Hirmer Publishers, Nymphenburger Str. 84, D 80636 Munich, on level ground were designated as a university and served as a meeting place of saints and scholars during the so - called Second Diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet , initiated by the kings of Western Tibet, the Great Translator Rinchen Sangpo and the Indian master Atisha. From that Golden Period , Tabo s main temple, the Temple of Enlightened Gods , in its interior conserves an exceptional comprehensive artwork, a masterpiece of Indo - Tibetan art: An arrangement of a thousand year - old sculptures and paintings, produced presumably by Indian artists in incomparably fine and beautiful style, forms a unique horizontal mandala, which till today serves as a means for the achievement of highest enlightenment. Furthermore, Tabo offers the rare opportunity to experience and study the entire array of Tibetan art forms and styles, as in its other temples, beautiful and unique masterpieces, especially from the Second Period of West Tibetan art (15th/16th century), but also of later periods, have been preserved, which are also described in detail in this volume. For this book, the Archaeological Survey of India has granted an only rarely given permission to the author and photographer Peter van Ham to document the otherwise forbidde n place. The result is a stunning visual review of outstanding beauty combined with a concise text, which comprises the latest in research on the sanctuary of Tabo, that will appeal to a wide range of readers, be they art historians, tibetologists or travellers. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9783777423265

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