Mold for an image of Tsongkhapa (1357-1419)
- 19th century
- Copper alloy
- Catalog Number
- C2006.20.1a-b (HAR 65645)
- Rubin Museum of Art
Stone and wood are used by artisans to create three-dimensional images in Himalayan cultural regions.
The invention of printing can be directly connected to Buddhism and the need to reproduce religious texts and simple pictures of the Buddha.
Paper was used widely as a media for copying Buddhist texts and image making.
Painting is the primary two-dimensional form for image making, but different media, such as woodblock prints and woven textiles, are also used to create similar compositions.
Metal has become the predominate medium for producing religious sculpture in the Himalayas, primarily by way of hollow or lost wax casting and embossing.
Art making in Himalayan and Tibetan regions is largely religious in nature and takes a wide range of forms—from painting to lost-wax metal casting.Explore theme