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The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs

$75.00
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Author: Robert Beer
Hardcover

This study of the sacred art of Tibet is the result of a lifetime spent researching and reflecting upon the inner meanings and origins found in this highly complex iconographical tradition. Several thousand individual brush drawings, requiring eight years to complete, illustrate the variations in style and individual expression of ritual objects, while the text explains the origins, meanings, and functions of these symbols.

An absolutely beautiful book!


"Tibetan Buddhism has one of the most complex iconographies of any religion. Robert Beer, the artist who brought to life the saints of Tibetan Buddhism in Buddhist Masters of Enchantment, has now brought the myriad symbols of Tibetan Buddhist art to life. Not exactly arranged like an encyclopedia, this book is more like a tour of the categories of Tibetan Buddhist symbols, beginning with Landscape Elements (rocks, clouds, rainbows, etc.); moving on to such areas as Flowers and Trees, Cosmology, and Mudras (hand gestures); and ending with Geometric Borders. Exquisitely detailed line drawings (using fine-pointed traditional brushes) are grouped on full-size plates, each of which the author tells us took between 50 and 200 hours to draw.

The eight years that went into this book are revealed not only in the drawings but also in the text that is equally detailed in its descriptions of the religious significance of the symbols as well as their sources and development in Tibetan art. Beer's encyclopedic knowledge has not come from book learning, but from 30 years of doing Tibetan art and learning firsthand from Tibetan masters. After glimpsing just of few of these plates, you'll be calling Beer a master too." --Brian Bruya


 

Approx Weight: 4.19 lb. / Each
Dimensions (LxWxH): 10.00 x 7.00 x 1.50 in.
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