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Title: Lineages and Structure in Tibetan Buddhist Painting: Principles and Practice of an Ancient Sacred Choreography
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: David Paul Jackson
One Sentence Summary: A description of lineage structures in Tibetan religious art.

Description: Though compositional structure – which here means specifically the placement of divine figures – is an essential aspect of Tibetan painting, this theme has rarely been discussed or described by scholars. The conventions for depicting lineages of teachers in particular must be carefully taken into account when documenting thang kas that contain lineages with inscriptions. The historian should carry out, if possible: (1) decipherment of inscriptions, recording names; (2) historical identification of individual masters, furnishing dates if known; (3A) identification of the lineage, and (3B) listing its members in chronological order (i.e., following the sequence of lineal descent); (4) diagramming the position of all figures, following the numbering of step three. The present article classifies and describes the lineage structures found in the vast majority of paintings with lineages. Understanding lineage structure through these four steps allows the historian to identify the religious teacher and approximate generation of the patron who commissioned the painting, essential steps toward restoring the painting to its lost historical context. (Than Garson 2005-09-22)

URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#jiats=/01/jackson/
Extent: 40 pp.
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Tibet -- JIATS -- Issue 1 (October 2005)
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- THL-Hosted Online Journals -- JIATS -- Issue 1 (October 2005)
Source URL: http://www.jiats.org/
Source: Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies
Source Type: Journal
Source Number: 1
Start Date: 2005-09
ISBN/ISSN: 1550-6363
Format: Text
Media type: Image
Resource Type: Article
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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-09-21 12:10:10
Date Record Checked: 2005-09-21
Date Last Modified: 2006-05-12 11:14:10
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