TRIBAL ART OF THE HIMALAYAS in private collections
"This book is both an introduction to the quality of Himalayan works of art and an aesthetic journey illustrating my view on these works.
Here the sacred is omnipresent.
Monasteries cling to the mountainsides, elevating spirits. Humans endeavour to get to grips with the immensity of the Roof of the World and the gods are never far away.
Shamans coexist in large numbers alongside Brahmins and Lamas. This is the birthplace of Buddhism and, earlier still, of the ancient Bonpo religion, rooted in animism.
Fortified by their beliefs, humans keep the art of sculpture alive, whether to honour the god of a temple, to protect a bridge or to make masks dance.
This ancient Himalayan culture, enriched over the centuries by the inspiration of sculptors, expresses human life with a remarkable intensity."
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- Authors Bovis