Title:The Forgotten Gods of Tibet: Early Buddhist Art in the Western Himalayas
Remarks:Colour Photographs, Maps, Glossary and Bibliography.
Size:245 x 305 mm
Spiti and Kinnaur are two hitherto almost completely unknown Indo-Tibetan border-areas that were secretly hidden between the ranges of the Himalayas for the last forty years due to territorial disputes between China and India. On their barren and spectacular soil a thousand year old Buddhist heritage has now come to light which offers some to the most outstanding and beautiful examples of eary Tibetan art still in existence. Ancient rites, cults and concepts formed by a vast Hindu/Buddhist pantheon of deities, many of which can no longer be indentified due to the changes Tibetan Buddhism has undergone over the centuries, offer fresh insight into the fascinating multitude of Tibetan culture. The authors have provided a first comprehensive guide to the gems of these precious murals and sculptures, including unique photographs, exclusively published here for the first time, together with a clear text and a number of explanatory sketches and maps.