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Seeing Lhasa


British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947

Clare Harris; Tsering Shakya

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Serindia 2003
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During the 1930s and 1940s the British cultivated close political and social ties with Tibet. British and Tibetans ate and drank together, watched filDuring the 1930s and 1940s the British cultivated close political and social ties with Tibet. British and Tibetans ate and drank together, watched films and played football together against the magnificent backdrop of Lhasa's palaces and monasteries. Based on an exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, and illustrated with many period photographs and a unique set of watercolours by the Indian artist Kanwal Krishna, this book offers an intriguing glimpse into a vanished way of life. ...more
 

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Japanese Alphabet


The 48 Essential Characters

Gabriele Mandel


Abbeville 2007
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Japan's art and culture are beautifully combined in the nation's calligraphy, which employs two alphabets, hiragana and Japan's art and culture are beautifully combined in the nation's calligraphy, which employs two alphabets, hiragana and ...more
 

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The Great Wall Revisited


From the Jade Gate to Old Dragon's Head

William Lindesay


Harvard University Press 2007
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Equipped with a camera and a file of vintage photographs, William Lindesay travelled the length of the Great Wall of China in search of the settings cEquipped with a camera and a file of vintage photographs, William Lindesay travelled the length of the Great Wall of China in search of the settings captured by intrepid 19th and 20th century travellers such as William Geil and Aurel Stein. The result is a set of 72 then- and-now comparisons, accompanied by descriptions of each site. Juxtaposed with historic eyewitness accounts and biographical sketches of the original photographers, they offer a unique vision of history unfolding around a timeless monument. <@@@> ...more
 

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Contemporary Visions in Tibetan Studies


Proceedings of the First International Seminar of Young

Brandon Dotson; Kalsang Norbu Gurung et al

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Serindia 2009
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In recent decades the field of Tibetan studies has been transformed by the opening of the region to foreign researchers, who can now work more closelyIn recent decades the field of Tibetan studies has been transformed by the opening of the region to foreign researchers, who can now work more closely alongside Tibetan scholars in the exploration of Tibet's culture and society. The 18 essays presented here reflect this critical phase in the discipline, with contributions by Tibetologists from across the globe who are scrutinizing, from without and within, both Tibet's past and its contemporary relations with China and the Tibetan diaspora. ...more
 

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Buddhist Sculpture in Clay


Early Westerns Himalayan Art, Late 10th to Early 13th Centuries

Christian Lucanits


Serindia 2004
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Based on extensive field research, this is a groundbreaking assessment of the early sculptures from West Tibet and Ladakh - the only known surviving eBased on extensive field research, this is a groundbreaking assessment of the early sculptures from West Tibet and Ladakh - the only known surviving examples that are made in accordance with the sculptural technique described in classical Indian literature. ...more
 

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Ninja


1,000 Years of the Shadow Warriors

John Man


Bantam 2012
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Popular myth attributes the Japanese ninjas - legendary warriors, spies, saboteurs and assassins - with fantastical abilities: beyond skill in martialPopular myth attributes the Japanese ninjas - legendary warriors, spies, saboteurs and assassins - with fantastical abilities: beyond skill in martial arts they could fly or make themselves invisible. The ninjas came to prominence in the civil wars that ended with Japan's unification in 1600, but their origins are much earlier. In this book John Man traces the ninjas' history, recounts the deeds of their medieval heyday and explores the ethos and training that made them the stuff of legend. ...more
 

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Tibet


The Jesuit Century

Philip Caraman


Halsgrove 1998
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China


Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 AD

James CY Watt


MMA / Yale University Press 2004
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Early Himalayan Art



Amy Heller


Timeless 2008
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The graceful bronze, silver, stone and wood sculptures of the Buddha and other deities produced in Tibet and Nepal are superb works of art that conveyThe graceful bronze, silver, stone and wood sculptures of the Buddha and other deities produced in Tibet and Nepal are superb works of art that convey a powerful sense of spirituality. The unequalled collection of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford ranges from the formative period (AD 700-1400) to the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. This attractive, fully illustrated book catalogues the collection for the first time, and sets these compelling images in their historical and cultural context. ...more
 

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Life, Death and Magic


2000 Years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art

Robyn Maxwell


National Gallery of Australia 2010
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Published in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia's 2010 exhibition of Southeast Asian art, this volume brings together works from acrosPublished in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia's 2010 exhibition of Southeast Asian art, this volume brings together works from across the region's mainland and island cultures. Robyn Maxwell's essays discuss the beliefs, based on the deification of significant ancestors and the veneration of spirits of nature, which have inspired the creation of works of art from prehistoric times to the present day, while colour photographs illustrate hundreds of items in fibre, stone, metal, wood and clay. ...more
 

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Poems of Hanshan



Peter Hobson

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Rowan & Littlefield 2003
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Hanshan, which means 'Cold Mountain', was the pseudonym of an unknown poet who lived as a hermit in China 2,200 years ago. The poems collected under hHanshan, which means 'Cold Mountain', was the pseudonym of an unknown poet who lived as a hermit in China 2,200 years ago. The poems collected under his name have had an immense impact worldwide, especially among Zen Buddhists, and have been translated into many languages. This edition contains Peter Hobson's translations of more than 100 poems, with an introduction and essay, 'Hanshan's Place in History', by TH Barrett. ...more
 

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The National Museum of China



Lu Zhangshen

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National Museum of China 2011
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In 2011, the National Museum of China in Beijing reopened following a major renovation. Combining the collection of the Museum of Chinese History withIn 2011, the National Museum of China in Beijing reopened following a major renovation. Combining the collection of the Museum of Chinese History with the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, the redesigned institution's unrivalled collection of a million items tells the entire history of Chinese civilization from pre-history to the founding of the People's Republic. This lavish volume catalogues some of the museum's finest exhibits, including bronze and jade artefacts, pottery and porcelain, and painted scrolls. ...more
 

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The Emperor's Private Paradise


Treasures from the Forbidden City

Nancy Berliner


Yale University Press 2010
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Within China's Forbidden City, and not yet open to the public, is the elegant, intimate Qianlong Garden, built as a retirement retreat for the EmperorWithin China's Forbidden City, and not yet open to the public, is the elegant, intimate Qianlong Garden, built as a retirement retreat for the Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century. A visionary patron of the arts, Qianlong designed the garden to reflect a perfect union of art, architecture and nature. This lavishly illustrated volume gives an in-depth analysis of that design and also interprets 90 of the superlative artworks commissioned by the Emperor for his garden. ...more
 

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Tibetan Relaxation


A Yoga from the Tibetan Tradition

Tarthang Tulku


Duncan Baird 2007
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In this first fully illustrated guide to the life-enhancing yogic practice Kum Nye, Tarthang Tulku explains the essential core of Tibetan relaxation tIn this first fully illustrated guide to the life-enhancing yogic practice Kum Nye, Tarthang Tulku explains the essential core of Tibetan relaxation techniques, and techniques to help reconnect with our inner energies, specially developed for Western lifestyles. Altogether the book presents more than 70 easy-to-follow exercises, illustrated in over 200 photographs and ranging from breathing ...more
 

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Feet and Footwear in Indian Culture



Jutta Jain-Neubauer


Mapin 2000
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After exploring the religious significance and cultural meaning of feet and footwear in India, from the period of the Rig Veda (c.4000 BCE) to the preAfter exploring the religious significance and cultural meaning of feet and footwear in India, from the period of the Rig Veda (c.4000 BCE) to the present day, this richly illustrated study goes on to survey the great variety of traditional Indian footwear, both ancient and modern. Sponsored by the Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, Toronto. ...more
 

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