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Title: A Thang ka Portrait of ’Bri gung rin chen dpal, ’Jig rten gsum mgon (1143-1217)
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Amy Heller, 1951-
One Sentence Summary: Analysis of an inscription on the back of a Tibetan painting dipicting ’Jig rten mgon po.

Description: With this thang ka one can categorically identify ’Jig rten mgon po, also known as ’Bri gung rin chen dpal or ’Jig rten gsum mgon (1143-1217), as the principal subject of a thang ka due to the fact that the inscription is written on the reverse of the canvas. Initially studied by the present writer prior to its inclusion in the exhibition “Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure,” the full text of the inscription, an edited transcription and translation are here published for the first time. The identification is made possible by the fact that ’Jig rten mgon po’s name is found in the Tibetan and Sanskrit inscriptions on the reverse of the painting. The identification of this thang ka sheds light on the history and identification of contemporary bla ma portraits in mural paintings in Alchi, Ladakh. (Than Garson 2005-09-22)

URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#jiats=/01/heller/
Extent: 9 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 14:43:24
Date Record Checked: 2005-09-21
Date Last Modified: 2006-08-20 23:23:34
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