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Portraits of the Masters: Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages
Author Dinwiddie, Donald ; Stoddard, Heather
Date2003.08
Pages396
PublisherSerindia Publications
LocationChicago, IL, US [芝加哥, 伊利諾伊州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
Language英文=English
Note1.Includes bibliographical references and index2.27x32/彩色圖版300幅/插圖38幅 LCCN: 200354209
Keyword雕刻=Sculpture; 藏傳佛教史=西藏佛教史=Tibetan Buddhist History; 佛教人物=Buddhist; 佛教宗派=Buddhist Sects=Buddhist Schools; 佛教藝術=Buddhist Art;
AbstractTibetan Vajrayana Buddhism is rapidly becoming a part of our cultural landscape, an element of human civilisation with its own universal appeal. Nevertheless public awareness remains limited concerning the great teachers and visionaries who over fourteen centuries formulated and expounded the system of thought which in the 21st century seems the most contemporary of the world religions. And yet there is a rich written tradition dating back at least 800 years documenting their lives and teachings, and an even more ancient tradition of portraiture in sculpture and painting which strove to capture both the physical and spiritual presence of these lamas.
Portraits of the Masters unfolds for the first time a pictorial history of a dynamic and living religious tradition. A catalogue of 108 portrait bronzes of great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, it presents an innovative history of these teaching lineages based on and illustrated by the collection. Ranging in date from the 12th to 18th century, the sculptures in Portraits of the Masters span the most productive period in the history of Tibetan Buddhist art, providing unparalleled illustration of Tibetan portraiture’s long and varied history.
Prefaced with a groundbreaking and comprehensive history of Tibetan portraiture, the collection is presented in five sections devoted to the Arhats, drawn from the Buddha’s original Indian disciples, and to the native Tibetan schools of the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and the Kadam and Geluk. Each section opens with a history of the tradition, written by leading scholars of Tibetan Buddhism. These histories not only illumine the lives of the great masters, but also eloquently articulate the basic precepts of their teachings. The sculptures are then examined within this context – the history and images breathing life into each other.

西藏佛學大師銅像集第一次通過美術史向我們展示了一個生動而又變化多端的宗教傳統。它通過西藏佛教大師的108座銅佛,向我們描述一個嶄新的西藏佛教傳授歷史。
本書序言對西藏肖像傳統作出了突破性的全面分析,銅像集中的作品分成五個部份,包括佛陀釋迦牟尼最初的印度弟子們,以及西藏本土教派中的寧瑪派、噶舉派、薩迦派、噶當派和格魯派的形象。每個部份前面都介紹西藏800多年富有的文化遺產和文藝傳統,對各組雕塑的分析研究也體現出這種歷史和文藝的相互交融。這些12到18世紀的銅像,不僅包含了所有重要的西藏佛教傳統,而且展示了西藏長遠而又豐富多彩的塑像歷史。
ISBN1932476008
Hits246
Created date2003.08.05
Modified date2007.05.15



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