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Picturing Enlightenment
Tibetan Tangkas in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Marylin M. Rhie; Robert A. F. Thurman, contrib.; Maria R. Heim, contrib.; Paola Zamperini, contrib.; Camille Myers Breeze, contrib.




Mead Art Museum
2013 • 176 pp. 100 color, 10 black and white illus. 9 x 11 1/2"
Art History / Asian Art

$34.95 Paperback, 978-0-914337-34-8

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Introduces the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Tibetan hanging scroll paintings (tangkas) in the collection of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

This lavishly illustrated book with an extensive catalogue and three essays by noted scholars, introduces the outstanding collection of eighteen Tibetan paintings in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Among them are two groups of eighteenth-century tangkas of rare and exceptional quality from Central Tibet; a third group presents diverse themes in the bold folk styles of Eastern Tibet.

The tangkas open up to the general public, students, and scholars the esoteric world of Tibetan Buddhist painting by providing a glimpse into the profound methods of practice and astonishing beauty of the art derived in the quest for enlightenment.

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“An indispensable guide, Picturing Enlightenment introduces us to the rare and beautiful tangkas at the Mead Art Museum. This stunning volume illuminates the meanings and religious uses of these remarkable works in Tibetan Buddhist culture.”—Jay L. Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy, Smith College



MARYLIN M. RHIE is the Jessie Wells Post Professor of Art and East Asian Studies at Smith College.



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