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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2022

ARTH 34.01 Arts of Tibet: Sacred Abode of the Himalayas

This course surveys the art and culture of Tibet from the time of the introduction of Buddhism in the seventh century to the modern period. Traditionally understood as the divine abode of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all buddha in Buddhist cosmology, Tibet was also fantasized as the immortal realm of “Shangri-la” by western interpreters. In this course, we will begin by examining the imagination and representation of Tibet and its culture in modern western discourses, and then shift the focus to the development of artistic forms of Tibet in the context of Tibet’s history and religious movements, from ancient times to the present.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:ART; WCult:NW

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