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Ladakh : Culture at the Crossroads

Monisha Ahmed and Clare Harris

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ISBN 10: 8185026718 / ISBN 13: 9788185026718
Published by Marg Pub, 2005
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Contents 1. Introduction/Monisha Ahmed and Clare Harris. 2. House and fortress traditional building in Buddhist Ladakh/John Harrison. 3. Islamic architecture in Ladakh/Abdul Ghani Sheikh. 4. Metalworking in Ladakh/John Clarke. 5. The Turquoise headdress of Ladakh/Ravina Aggarwal. 6. Textile arts of Ladakh nomadic weaves to silk brocades/Monisha Ahmed. 7. Reshaping tradition the life and work of Nawang Tsering/Clare Harris. 8. A short biography of a contemporary Buddhist painter/Erberto Lo Bue. 9. Recent painting traditions of Ladakh Central Tibetan styles in Far Western Tibet/David Jackson. Index. Situated in the high desert reaches of the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and frequently presented as a remote and isolated part of the world Ladakh has actually been a crossroads for the transmission of goods and ideas for at least a thousand years. From the 10 century it was an independent country ruled by the Buddhist Namgyal dynasty until 1834 when it was annexed by the Dogras the Hindu rulers of Jammu. Well into the 20 century Ladakh was a key staging post on Central and South Asian trade routes and the region hosted visitors hailing from Srinagar to Yarkand. This cosmopolitanism is reflected in the arts and material heritage where indigenous Ladakhi expression is often intermixed with Tibetan Kashmiri and Central Asian elements. Some art forms display considerable continuities with the past while others are distinguished by the unique cultural practices of subregional communities such as the textiles of nomadic pastoralists inhabiting the Northeastern parts of Ladakh. 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 through to the interpretation of metalwork jewellery and textiles. The essays are written by internationally acknowledged experts from a broad spectrum of disciplines including historians and anthropologists. Richly illustrated this publication will appeal to those with an interest in the Himalayas art Buddhism and Islam. 124 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 58182

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Title: Ladakh : Culture at the Crossroads

Publisher: Marg Pub

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

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This is the first book 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, Ladakh: Cultu re at the Crossroads covers subjects ranging from the analysis of key sites and prominent

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