108 Buddhist Statues in Tibet
Author: Ulrich von Schroeder
A comprehensive yet accessible guide to the artistic and stylistic development of Buddhist sculptures in Tibet. Mostly unknown to the outside world, the temples and storerooms of Tibets monasteries shelter a great number of ancient Buddhist objects. Not only are there a great number of Buddhist sculptures and paintings produced by Tibetan artists, but included also are rare examples originating from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Burma, and China. These images have withstood sometimes more than one thousand years of warfare and other calamities.108 Buddhist Statues in Tibet not only fills the need for such a volume, but also provides additional research and recently photographed discoveries. It is a comprehensive yet accessible guide to the stylistic development of Buddhist sculptures in Tibet. By using existing examples in monasteries, it also acts as a catalogue record of these objects that helps to ensure these objects remain there in the foreseeable future. Despite a growing number of books on Tibetan art and religion, most publications are almost exclusively illustrated with art objects scattered worldwide in private and public art collections. An exception to this was the authors previous monumental work,Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet (2 Volumes). By using existing examples in Tibetan monasteries this book includes new research and photographed discoveries. It includes a DVD of digital photographs of the 108 statues illustrated in the book and of the 419 most important Buddhist sculptures in the collection of the sacred Jokhang temple in Lhasa.