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Picturing Enlightenment: Tibetan Tangkas in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

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This lavishly illustrated book with an extensive catalogue and three essays by noted scholars, introduces the outstanding collection of eighteen Tibetan paintings in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Among them are two groups of eighteenth-century tangkas of rare and exceptional quality from Central Tibet; a third group presents diverse themes in the bold folk styles of Eastern Tibet.

The tangkas open up to the general public, students, and scholars the esoteric world of ...

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Overview

This lavishly illustrated book with an extensive catalogue and three essays by noted scholars, introduces the outstanding collection of eighteen Tibetan paintings in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Among them are two groups of eighteenth-century tangkas of rare and exceptional quality from Central Tibet; a third group presents diverse themes in the bold folk styles of Eastern Tibet.

The tangkas open up to the general public, students, and scholars the esoteric world of Tibetan Buddhist painting by providing a glimpse into the profound methods of practice and astonishing beauty of the art derived in the quest for enlightenment.

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Jay L. Garfield
“An indispensable guide, Picturing Enlightenment introduces us to the rare and beautiful tangkas at the Mead Art Museum. This stunning volume illuminates the meanings and religious uses of these remarkable works in Tibetan Buddhist culture.”
Jay L. Garfield
"An indispensable guide, Picturing Enlightenment introduces us to the rare and beautiful tangkas at the Mead Art Museum. This stunning volume illuminates the meanings and religious uses of these remarkable works in Tibetan Buddhist culture."
Jay L. Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy, Smith College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914337348
  • Publisher: Mead Art Museum
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MARYLIN M. RHIE is the Jessie Wells Post Professor of Art and East Asian Studies at Smith College.

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Table of Contents

President’s Foreword by Carolyn “Biddy” Martin
Acknowledgments by Elizabeth E. Barker
The Amherst College Collection of Tibetan Tangkas by Robert A. F. Thurman
Luminous Thresholds: Teaching with Tibetan Tangkas at the Mead by Maria Heim and Paola Zamperini
Opening Doors: Conserving the Mead Art Museum’s Tibetan Tangka Collection by Camille Myers Breeze
Catalogue by Marylin M. Rhie
The Gelukpa Tangkas
The Padmasambhava Tangkas
Various Other Tangkas
Afterword: Tangkas and Practice
Works Cited
Index

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