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Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet.

Rhie, Marilyn & Thurman, Robert H.F.

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ISBN 10: 0810939576 / ISBN 13: 9780810939578
Published by Abrams, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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In association with Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Tibet House of New York. 405 pages with 278 illustrations, including 263 plates in full color and 2 maps. Published to accompany the exhibition held in San Francisco. Hardcover with jacket, in in excellent clean condition. 12 by 9.25 inches. Bookseller Inventory # 12475

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Title: Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of ...

Publisher: Abrams

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Illustrates, explains and celebrates 241 examples of Tibetan sacred art of the 9th to 12th centuries. The authors discuss the religious meaning and use of tangkas, Buddhist iconography and the aesthetics of tangka paintings, sculpture and mandalas.

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The startling image of a BuddhaRobin, capped per Web.eed in father-mother union form--a multi-armed "Supreme Bliss Wheel Integration"--may look both fearsome and erotic to Western eyes. Yet, as this breathtakingly beautiful volume shows, it is a manifestation of Buddha's highest spiritual essence, symbolizing the union of wisdom and compassion. This catalogue of a traveling exhibition features 160 Tibetan sacred paintings, sculptures, tapestries and other works. Nearly half of them are reproduced here for the first time, including colored sand mandalas, celestial landscapes and tangka pictures (icons painted on cotton). In penetrating essays, Rhie, an Asian art specialist at Smith College, and Thurman, a religion professor at Columbia, explore Tibet's sacred artworks as doorways to a realm of enlightenment, or nirvana. This impressive book fills a major gap in documenting Tibetan art.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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