Tibet: Life, Myth, and Art

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Tibet is a richly illustrated introduction to this extraordinary culture, presenting the art in all its glory. Examples range from monumental temples and vivid wall paintings to forests of prayer flags and exquisitely detailed devotional statues of Buddhas, deities, and saints.

The book covers themes that have long preoccupied the popular imagination, including: the intricate, multicolored mandalas, which are a vision of the entire, unfolding universe; the hero-saints, who ...

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New York 1999 Pictorial Cover First Edition / First Printing Brand New in Brand New jacket Hardcover. 4to-over 9?"-12" tall. Brand new and unread first edition, very fresh and ... bright condition, gift quality! Full-color pictorial boards with blue and black lettering. Dj is nicely preserved in a brand new protective mylar plastic cover! 144 new and unread historical pages nicely enhanced by full-color photographs and illustrations! "This book showcases the art of Tibet in all its glory, from monumental temples and vivid wallpaintings to exquisitely detailed statues of buddhas, deities, and saints. Presents a superb pictorial record of Tibet, with specially commissioned artworks and over 100 magnificent photographs, all in full color............." Read more Show Less

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Overview

Tibet is a richly illustrated introduction to this extraordinary culture, presenting the art in all its glory. Examples range from monumental temples and vivid wall paintings to forests of prayer flags and exquisitely detailed devotional statues of Buddhas, deities, and saints.

The book covers themes that have long preoccupied the popular imagination, including: the intricate, multicolored mandalas, which are a vision of the entire, unfolding universe; the hero-saints, who traveled through Tibet fighting the sprits of the mountains and valleys; the Dalai Lamas, eternally reborn incarnations of the great Bodhisattva of compassion; and the ferocious, sword-wielding, multilimbed gods that act as guardians to the land and its religions. These major themes, and many more, are interpreted visually through iconography, pattern, motif, and symbolism, as well as in terms of their underlying historical and spiritual significance.

A superb addition to any library of art and imagination. Tibet sets new standards in capturing the achievements of a great civilization through the marriage of word and image.

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This richly illustrated volume, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, explores the themes that have piqued the popular imagination about Tibet. In the light of iconography, pattern, motif, symbolism, pattern, as well as historical and spiritual perspectives, Willis (curator of North Indian and Himalayan collections at the British Museum) discusses topics including the intricate mandalas, the hero-saints, the Dalai Lamas, and the ferocious, sword-wielding multi-limbed gods that served as protectors of the land and religion. Specially commissioned artwork, maps, and color photographs showcase the culture against the broader context of the civilization's wisdom, spirituality, and mythology. Oversize: 10.5x10.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760748602
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama 6
Image and Imagination 8
The Soul of Tibet 10
The Tsangpo River 14
The Story of Tibet 16
The Holy City: Lhasa 20
The Art of Tibet 24
The Spirit in the Smoke 28
The Sacred Cosmos 30
Spirit, Space, and Enlightenment 32
Unfolding Cosmic Space 34
The Cosmic Circle 38
The Architecture of Enlightenment: Samye 40
City of Shrines: Gyantse 42
Forms of the Chorten 46
Moving in Sacred Space 48
Seeking Solitude and Retreat 50
Malevolent Realms 54
Disease, Danger, and Demons 56
Charms and Amulets 60
Invoking the Divine 62
Music and Ritual 64
Sacred Sound 68
The Path of the Mani 70
The All-Powerful Ten 72
Recording the Dharma 74
Decorated Book Covers 76
Prayer Wheels and Banners of Victory 78
The Sacred Word 82
Perfected Beings, Perfected Worlds 84
The Cosmic Buddhas 86
A Gallery of Buddhas 88
Temples of the Dharma: Alchi 90
Compassionate Heroes 92
Avalokiteshvara, the Many-Armed Lord 96
Goddesses of Wisdom 98
Auspicious Emblems 100
The Union of Wisdom and Compassion 102
The Way of a Tantric Master 106
Saints and Sages 108
Resting Place of a Saint 110
The Transmission of Wisdom 112
Seats of Wisdom 114
Compassion Incarnate 116
The Priest-King 118
Deities Fierce and Powerful 120
The Terrible Protectors 122
The Glorious Goddess 124
The Realm of the Gods 126
The Cruel Wanderers 128
Dancing Lords of Death 130
Rites of the Cemetery 132
The Way through the Afterworld 134
Glossary 136
Further Reading 137
Index 138
Picture Credits 144
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