Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs

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Serindia Publications, Incorporated, 2004 - Art, Tibetan - 368 pages
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The encyclopedia of Tibetan symbols and motifs

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Through 12 thematically organized chapters of text (accompanied by black-and-white line drawings), Beer--a British artist who's studied Tibetan thangka painting for 30 years--sets out to "cover the ... Read full review

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As a researcher in many things connected with Tibetan, Bhutanese and Nepali culture - I find I am drawn back to this book again and again, for its thorough knowledge of this wide and complex subject field. The book is a masterpiece. It is a treasure trove of information, beautifully illustrated (in black ink line drawings) by the author himself whose comprehensive textual notes are likewise a joy to read. Unlike the sneering 'academic' whose first review attempts to undercut the quality of this book - presumably because he is himself incapable of producing anything to rank or rival it - Robert Beer provides a perfect example of how one man who immerses himself deeply in a subject can become an expert before whom all narrow-minded academics must doff their wooden mortar-boards. Beer is also an accomplished thangka artist, trained in Kathmandu, where the quality of his work is better recognised by local Newar artists than apparently it is by academics in the west. "Honi soit qui mal y pense."
There is also a later revised paperback version of this Encyclopaedia.
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