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Eternal Transience, Enlightened Wisdom

Masterpieces of Buddhist Art

A collection of sixth- to nineteenth-century Tibetan Buddhist bronze statues from Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, and Mongolia.

Eternal Transience, Enlightened Wisdom contextualizes thirty-three bronze statues and thangkas of deities and gurus in Tibetan Buddhism from Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, and Mongolia dating from the sixth to nineteenth centuries. From an art history perspective, these Himalayan masterpieces reflect an array of aesthetic and artistic traditions from neighboring regions across the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the artworks’ iconography and material culture.

As part of Buddhism’s eternal journey from India to the Himalayas, China, and Japan, the religious icons and objects of daily religious practice remain a testament to the shifting cultures that have engaged with Buddhism over the millennia. Acknowledging such a state of transience highlights the enlightened wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism as portrayed through the various artworks.

124 pages | 65 color plates | 8 1/4 x 10 3/4

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