Western Himalayan Art and Its Key Monuments

  • 25 Mar
    29 Mar

    Buddhist Aesthetics

    Christian Luczanits

Western Himalayan Art and Its Key Monuments

Image: Deities of the Vajradhātu Mandala in the Apse of the Assembly Hall of Sumda Chung, Ladakh;
ca. 1200 CE; photo C. Luczanits 2009.

This seminar discusses the Buddhist art of the Western Himalayas, that is the areas of present day northern Pakistan, northwest India including Kashmir and West Tibet, in their interrelationship. It will do this on the basis of portable artworks as well as through some of its key monuments, in particular Tabo and Alchi monasteries. Special emphasis will be placed on the most important iconographic topics depicted and on reading a monument as a conceptual whole.

Day 1. Kashmir and the Western Himalayas
Day 2. Tabo Monastery in Context
Day 3. Yoga Tantra Revisited
Day 4. Alchi Monastery in Context
Day 5. Revival in Guge Art

Duration -

March 25, 29, 2019

Timing: 3:30 - 6:00 PM


Rs. 5,000

Registrations Closed

Christian Luczanits

Christian Luczanits

Dr. Christian Luczanits is the David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before joining the faculty at SOAS, he was Senior Curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. He has lectured prolifically in Europe, the Americas, and South Asia and published numerous edited collections and journal articles. His book, Buddhist Sculpture in Clay: Early Western Himalayan Art, Late 10th to Early 13th Centuries, was released in 2004 by Serindia.