Year published :July 2016
Pages :340 pp., Hardcover, Illustrated
Size :23x29 cm.
Rights :Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Catalogue of Tibetan Mandalas and Other Images: Texts, Initiation Cards and Prayer Flags in the Royal Library and the National Museum, Copenhagenby NIAS
By Anne Burchardi
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.