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2010

Painted Images of Enlightenment

Early Tibetan Thankas, 1050-1450

By:  Steven Kossak

Price:   Rs (INR) / $ (USD) Out of Print
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   220 pages, 140 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-81-85026-95-4  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    Ever since the publication of Giuseppe Tucci’s monumental book on thankas in 1949, early Tibetan thankas have fascinated scholars. In 1984, when Pratapaditya Pal wrote his ground breaking book “Tibetan Painting”, probably fewer than 50 of these 11th–14th century Tibetan paintings on cloth were known. Since then, over 300 early thankas have appeared. These works provide a plethora of new data for the art historian, and their study has transformed our understanding of their iconography and chronology. They have also transformed our knowledge of early Tibetan history and monasticism. However, there has as yet been no book exclusively devoted to the subject. The volume aspires to be useful to experts in Tibetan art, to art historians wishing to integrate Tibetan subjects into their teaching, and to the growing body of amateur admirers of Tibetan thankas.

    Foreword by Pratapaditya Pal

    Preface and Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    Chapter 1
    Pala Painting Style and Its Tibetan Variant

    Chapter 2
    Lineage Painting and Portraiture in Tibet

    Chapter 3
    Sakya Patrons and Newari Artists in the 13th–15th Centuries

    Chapter 4
    Textile Patterns in 11th‐14th‐Century Portrait Thankas

    Chapter 5
    Sartorial and Pictorial Styles in 14th‐15th‐Century Central Tibetan Painting

    Chapter 6
    Changing Styles of Tantric Jewellery in Tibetan Painting

    Chapter 7
    The “Taklung” Thankas: Their History and Provenance Reconsidered

    Chapter 8
    Tibetan‐Style Paintings from Khara Khoto: A New Perspective on Dating and Style

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