Masterpieces of Buddhist Art on SILK ROAD Trail. Kasmir, China. Huge Catalog

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller versute (920) 100%, Location: Dartmouth, N.S., Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 283812676022 “THE SILK ROUTE AND THE DIAMOND PATH: Esoteric Buddhist Art on the Trans-Himalayan Trade Routes” [A Gallery Exhibit Sponsored by the UCLA Arts Council, 1982] Edited / Curated by Deborah E. KLIMBURG-SALTER, and with Essays by: Maximilian Klimburg, David L. Snellgrove, Fritz Staal, Michel Strickmann, and Chognam Trungpa,Rinpoche Remote from modern urban centers and, until recently, inaccessible by most twentieth-century standards, the Western Himalayas have only just begun to be recognized as one of the great art centers of the pre-modern world by any but a few enthusiastic specialists. The richness of this region's art, and its influence on art traditions in other parts of Asia, cannot be overestimated. Created in the service of the Buddhist religion, and traveling in the company of Buddhist pilgrims and monks, the art of Kashmir and the adjacent Himalayan regions profoundly affected the schools of Inner Asia, Central Tibet (dBüs and gTsang Districts), and even the heartland of Northern China where, for example, Kashmiri traditions were followed in the excavation of the Yungang caves. Indeed, we cannot know fully the history of art in North Asia until the arts of the Western Himalayas are understood. This enormous catalog was issued to accompany a museum show of the same name, that toured San Francisco, New York City, and Washington’s Smithsonian, in 1982-3. The book highlights the fantastic art treasures that exist to this day in ancient temples along the old silk route, or new discoveries from archaeologists and drawn from dozens of museums around the world. There are tons of paintings, murals, mosaics, and so on, many of them photographed still in-situ. But the majority of the catalog focuses on smaller items – statues, bronzes, ceramics, many religious items, Buddha statues in all sorts of styles. The book contains hundreds of b&w or full-colour plates, illustrating the art or artefacts that made up the show, and each item is also accompanied by a historical write-up giving details of its history, materials, artist, provenance, and so on. (This in addition to the significant essays toward the front of the book). A great exhibit, and a useful catalog for anyone interested in ancient Buddhist and Eastern art & artists, the historic depiction of the Silk Road, and so on. It is an especially valuable record of the genre, as many of the items in the show were lent from private collections, and after this exhibit they were returned to their respective owners, never to be seen together in public again. The book is a softcover, and is large format, measuring about 9 x 12 inches. It was published in by the “Art Council” of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (though it's now out of print). It is 256 pages long. Book is used, but in very good condition – some normal shelf wear, but no writing, no stains or soiling, clean cover & tight spine. Top bidder should add $21.90 for postage within North America. (I'm happy to mail this overseas as well, but please ask for a postage quote). I have other, similar books up for sale now, so please check them out too! Multiple books always combined to save on postage, & full refund if you’re not happy. Thanks for looking! Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

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