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Tibetan Art of the Alain Bordier Foundation
By: Ulrich von Schroeder

Tibetan Art of the Alain Bordier Foundation

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Author: Ulrich von Schroeder
Format: Paperback, 9 x 11.5 inch
ISBN: 9789627049128
Publication Date: 2009

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Product Code: 16317

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According to Tibetan chronicles, Buddhism was introduced to the Tibetan court during the 7th century. This is in all surrounding countries for at least 500 years. Missionaries from Indian, Nepal, China, and Central Asia competed for the Tibetan emperor's attention. Naturally, there was resistance on part of the traditional priests and shamans who felt threatened by the new religion.

The first Buddhist sculptures and paintings to reach Tibet were almost certainly brought by missionaries who needed them for their teachings and practice. Since native artists were not yet capable of making statues and paintings, craftsmen from Northern India, Kashmir, Nepal and China were filling the gap. Naturally, the art styles varied according to the origin and training of the employed artists.

As a result of the growing popularity of Buddhism, monasteries were built in all Tibetan regions. Over the course of time, more and more Tibetans were trained in the manufacture of sculptures and paintings. It was to be expected that these Tibetan craftsmen and their apprentices relied on the artistic patterns applied by the foreign artists working in Tibet. However, the developing Tibetan art styles cannot just be labeled as copies of foreign artistic traditions . They rather represent a synthesis of foreign inspiration and Tibetan creativity.

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