Catalogue of Tibetan Mandalas and Other Images

Anne Burchardi

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  • Published: 2016
  • Pages: 340 pp.
  • Illustrated
  • Series: COMDC series
  • Series number: 6.3
Available from NIAS Press worldwide
ISBN Hardback: 978 87 7694 172 7, £150 (June 2016)

About the book

• Essential reference to the Tibetan holdings at the Royal Library and the National Museum, Copenhagen.

• Detailed entries including transcriptions and illustrations enabling scholars to identify material.

This visually stunning catalogue presents c. 300 iconographical materials and texts from the Tibetan collections of the Royal Library and the National Museum of Denmark. Most of the entries describe such iconographical materials as mandalas, elemental divination paintings, ritual “tsakli” cards and prayer flags. Unique handwritten meditation manuals, a Mongolian Book of the Dead, illuminated manuscripts as well as philosophical and medical works are also featured. These remarkable materials, which represent rare and unique forms of communication between man and nature in written and iconographical forms, play a central role in the performance of Buddhist and shamanistic rituals. In line with other volumes in the COMDC series, this catalogue is intended as a reference tool for scholars. It also supplements the Catalogue of Tibetan Manuscripts and Xylographs, COMDC 6.1 & 6.2. The catalogue includes over 250 colour illustrations.

About the author

Anne Burchardi is a former Curator of the Tibetan Collection at The Royal Library of Denmark, holds an MA in Tibetology and has been teaching Tibetology as an External Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen for the past 18 years. Her research focuses on Buddhist literature, philosophy and metaphysics.


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