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Picture of Ladakh

Volume 57 Number 1, September 2005


Culture at the Crossroads (Reprint 2010)

Edited by:  Monisha Ahmed, Clare Harris

Price:   Rs 2250 (INR) / $60 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   124 pages, 120 illustrations  
ISBN:   81-85026-71-8  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    This is the first volume to combine essays on the history and ongoing production of art in Ladakh and to recognize both Buddhist and Islamic contributions to the cultural environment. Drawing on recent research in the region, this book covers subjects ranging from the analysis of key sites and prominent contemporary artists, to the interpretation of metalwork, jewellery, and textiles. This publication will appeal to those with an interest in the Himalayas, art, Buddhism, and Islam.

    Monisha Ahmed is an independent researcher based in Mumbai. She has been visiting and writing about the Himalayan region of Ladakh since 1987. She has a doctorate in Social Anthropology fromthe University of Oxford. The subject of her dissertation developed into the book Living Fabric - Weaving Among the Nomads of Ladakh Himalaya (Orchid Press, 2002), which won the 2003 R.L. Shep award of the Textile Society of America for the year's best book on ethnic textiles. She spends several months of every year in Ladakh, continuing her research on the region's material culture.

    Clare Harris is Curator for Aisa at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Lecturer in the School of Anthropology and Fellow of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford. She is the author of a prize-winning book, In the Image of Tibet: Tibetan Painting after 1959 (Reaktion Books, 1999), and edited Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947 (Serindia, 2003) in conjunction with the exhibition (of the same name) she curated in Oxford. She is currently the director of a major research project, "Tibet Visual History Online", and continues to conduct research in the Himalayas.

    Monisha Ahmed and Clare Harris

    House and Fortress – Traditional Building in Buddhist Ladakh
    John Harrison

    Islamic Architecture in Leh
    Ghani Sheikh

    Metalworking in Ladakh
    John Clarke

    The Turquoise Headdress of Ladakh
    Ravina Aggarwal

    Textile Arts of Ladakh: Nomadic Weaves to Silk-Brocades
    Monisha Ahmed

    Reshaping Tradition: The Life and Work of Nawang Tsering
    Clare Harris

    Recent Painting Traditions of Ladakh: Central Tibetan Styles in Far Western Tibet
    David Jackson

    A Short Biography of a Contemporary Buddhist Painter
    Erberto Lo Bue