Thomas Laird. Murals of Tibet, Art Edition No. 41–80 ‘Green Tara, Gyantse Kumbum (ca. 1420)’

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This publication in SUMO format gathers the most beautiful murals of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, preserved to this day. Amazing and complex, these masterpieces can be enjoyed for the first time with the maximum resolution and dazzling colors. Signed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, this book is a revelation for

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This publication in SUMO format gathers the most beautiful murals of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, preserved to this day. Amazing and complex, these masterpieces can be enjoyed for the first time with the maximum resolution and dazzling colors. Signed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, this book is a revelation for scholars and practitioners of Tibetan culture, Buddhism, yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

This Art Edition of only 40 copies is accompanied by a large-scale reproduction of a mural that portrays Tara Verde. Printed on plaster, it evokes all the splendor of its original centenary. The result is an impressive work and a true immersion in monuments declared World Heritage and preserved in this great book in SUMO format.

Art edition of only 40 copies (from No. 41 to 80 of the total edition of 998), with plaster printed sheet and gold leaf of the work Green Tara, Gyantse Kumbum (circa 1420), with handmade frame of solid wood. This work is accompanied by the limited edition in SUMO format, signed by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, and the lectern of Shigeru Ban.

Between towering snow-capped mountains, deep valleys and desolate deserts, some of the greatest masterpieces of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage are hidden. For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird toured the most remote corner of the Tibetan plateau to capture in all its immensity, complexity and spiritual, emotional and psychological richness the spectacular Buddhist murals.

With the help of new digital techniques of multiple images, Laird created with a resolution on a real scale the first archive of these works of art made on walls that, in some cases, reach up to 10 meters. This impressive publication presents the collection of Laird photographs in XL format, with six foldouts, published in five colors, including gold. By including both complete murals and abundant details of them, it offers readers unprecedented access to these exceptional works of art.

In recognition of this world heritage and the preservation of Tibetan culture, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has signed all copies of this Collector’s Edition. In this 528-page guide, Buddhist scholar and writer Robert Thurman accompanies us on a transcendental journey through detailed texts on the spiritual significance of murals, while photographic descriptions by specialists Heather Stoddard and Jakob Winkler analyze the context artistic of each image.

This Art Edition is accompanied by a large-scale hand-made reproduction of a mural that portrays Tara Verde, a work of art from Gyantse’s kumbum painted by Gewa de Dechen at the beginning of the 15th century. Limited to 40 copies, it evokes all the splendor of its original centenary. It is made on plaster using the best and largest printers and presented in a frame made of solid wood. The result is a work of meditation and a unique immersion experience of the monuments preserved in this edition in SUMO format.

As his Holiness the Dalai Lama has explained, these murals are not only objects full of artistic beauty, but serve as reference points and guidance to practitioners of Buddhism, yoga and meditation, as well as anyone who wishes to incorporate mindfulness (full consciousness) to your daily life. Fusing contemporary photographic technology with ancestral traditions, this book is a majestic work of art, a key piece for the understanding of Buddhism, a valuable tribute to the Tibetan culture and a source of inspiration for the contemplative sciences and arts.

Also available (right here) in Collector’s Edition (copies of No. 81 to 998), much cheaper than this copy of the Art Edition. There was another Art Edition (copies of No. 1 to 40), more expensive and with another alternative film, already totally exhausted.

Printed sheet on plaster in eight colors and gold leaf, with handmade frame made of solid wood, large format 122 x 194 cm. Hardcover volume signed by the Dalai Lama, format 50 x 70 cm, 498 pages, 6 foldouts, with a folding lectern designed by Shigeru Ban, and an accompanying 528-page illustrated guide. Texts in English.

The book Murals of Tibet, by Thomas Laird, published by TASCHEN, is a unique treasure; a timeless gift of Tibet to the world, not only for this generation but for future generations.
Richard Gere

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