Woodblock for printing prayer flag
- Himalayan region
- ca. 19th–early 20th century
- Pigments on wood
- Catalog Number
- C2006.75.20 (HAR 68949)
- Rubin Museum of Art
Unfired clay remains the most commonly used material for sculpture in the Himalayas, from large statues to small tsatsas.
Stone and wood are used by artisans to create three-dimensional images in Himalayan cultural regions.
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