COLLECTOR’S CHOICE: A MONGOLIAN YAMA Boris Kaspiev and Richard Price – TAASA Review June 2008


This article was originally found in the June 2008 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 17, Issue 2, Page 13).

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T o Western eyes, the wrathful imagery of Tibetan Buddhism may be bizarre or even grotesque.

Images such as this Yama challenge our perceptions of what is sacred, which is why this is one of the most treasured pieces in our collection.

While we acquired the image for its fineness and extraordinary presence, it is only by delving into its meaning, iconography, history and purpose that we have appreciated and understood it as a part of the living tradition of Buddhism rather than simply as an object of art within our collection. By 1700, Tibetan Buddhism had been strongly established for the second time in Mongolia...