xvi+104p., 41 B/W & 2 Col. Ills., 94 Plts., Bib., Index, 25 cm. (First Edition pub. in 1952)
CONTENTS:- - Buddhism and Lamaism. - The Pantheon of Deities and Divinities. - Temple Paintings (Thang-Kas). - Images. - Books and Wood Blocks. - Vovtive Tablets. - Ritual Objects. - Robes and Masks. - Metal Work, Musical Instruments, and Jewelry. - Butter Sculpture and Sand Mandalas. - Calligraphy. - Conclusion.
Art in Tibet is expression of the religion. It is regarded not as a work of art, but as a vehicle for expressing in a world of form the metaphysical concepts of religion. Most of the art in Tibetan religion or Lamaism is used for worship-the thangkas, images, votive tablets and ritual masks. There are many things such as metal works, jewelry, charm boxes, musical instruments and other objects which are used for lay purposes, but are decorated with religious symbols. The materials and techniques employed by the monks are described in the Tibetan religious books, the Kanjur, the translated commandments and the Tanjur, the translated explanations. Tibetan Religious Art, first published in 1952 is a simple book that answers such basic questions concerning Tibetan art, its origins, functions and symbolism. It was published at a time when, Tibetan canons dealing with the treatises on painting and sculpture were still not fully translated. After all these years it still retains interest and authority.