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Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet

Rhie, Marylin M.; Thurman, Robert A. F.

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ISBN 10: 0810982048 / ISBN 13: 9780810982048
Published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, London, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Large quarto in red boards in red, green and gold glossy dust jacket (red spine); 488 p.; chiefly color illus., maps; 30 cm. In English. // 353 illustrations including plates in full color; 2 maps; **A large, heavy book. Extra shipping charges may apply.**Extra shipping may apply for international orders.**. Fine copy in a VG+/Near Fine(-) dust jacket with faintest edgewear; half-inch closed tear at head of spine; light shelf-rubbing to DJ; else excellent copy; pages and illustrations are fine, bright, and free of marks and creases; binding is solid. Bookseller Inventory # 83787

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Title: Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of ...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, New York, London

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine -

Edition: Expanded Edition.

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Illustrates, explains and celebrates 241 examples of Tibetan sacred art of the 9th to 12th centuries. The authors discuss the religious meaning and use of tangkas, Buddhist iconography and the aesthetics of tangka paintings, sculpture and mandalas.

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The startling image of a BuddhaRobin, capped per Web.eed in father-mother union form--a multi-armed "Supreme Bliss Wheel Integration"--may look both fearsome and erotic to Western eyes. Yet, as this breathtakingly beautiful volume shows, it is a manifestation of Buddha's highest spiritual essence, symbolizing the union of wisdom and compassion. This catalogue of a traveling exhibition features 160 Tibetan sacred paintings, sculptures, tapestries and other works. Nearly half of them are reproduced here for the first time, including colored sand mandalas, celestial landscapes and tangka pictures (icons painted on cotton). In penetrating essays, Rhie, an Asian art specialist at Smith College, and Thurman, a religion professor at Columbia, explore Tibet's sacred artworks as doorways to a realm of enlightenment, or nirvana. This impressive book fills a major gap in documenting Tibetan art.
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