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Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan
Edited by Dr. Stephen Little

Dragon's Gift

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Author: Dr. Stephen Little (Editor)
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1932476350
Publication Date: Febr. 2008

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Product Code: 15208

The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan is the catalog of one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of Buddhist art in recent years. The Honolulu Academy of Arts, under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Little, spent nearly three years of ambitious fieldwork and research in Bhutan. The exhibition will open in Honolulu on February 23, 2008 before embarking on a two-year worldwide tour.

The Dragon's Gift is an exceptionally rare opportunity to introduce some of the most sacred and beloved Buddhist arts in Bhutan to international audience. Bhutanese monks and temple caretakers have been notoriously reluctant to share the sacred treasures of the country with scholars and visitors and thus little research has been conducted on the sacred arts of the country. The Academy team has enjoyed unprecedented access to the nation's sacred art treasuries and has selected over 100 objects of superior aesthetic achievement and deep religious significance for the exhibition and the accompanying catalog. Almost all of these works of art remain in ritual use in temples and monasteries and have never been seen outside of Bhutan. The Royal Government of Bhutan, and particularly the Department of Culture, have been key partners in the development of the exhibition.

Most of the items in the exhibition are painted thangka and gilt bronze sculptures which primarily date from the late 17th to 18th centuries, a golden age in the Buddhist arts of Bhutan. Ranging from rare tantric deities to portraits of Buddhist masters, the exhibition inspires to presents beautiful works of art with wide iconographic scope.

Beautifully illustrated, the catalog includes twelve essays by leading Bhutanese and Western scholars, covering various aspects of Bhutanese arts. Contributors include Dr. Stephen Little, Ven. Lopon Pemala, Ven. Khenpo Phuntsho Tashi, Terese Tse Bartholomew, John Johnston, Dr. Karma Phuntsho, Dr. David Jackson, Dr. John A. Ardussi, Dr. Yonten Dargye, Dr. Per K. Sorensen, Dorji Yangki, Ephraim Jose, Mark Fenn, and Joseph Houseal.

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