IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN: A MONGOLIAN `QUEEN OF GREAT BLISS’ AT THE NGA – TAASA Review September 2009

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Christopher Haskett D espite the best efforts of curators and designers, museum and gallery visitors all too often rush exclusively to the large, the intricate or the dramatic.

While understandable, this means that many wonderful works, whose restraint or plainness belie a sublime beauty or rich history, are sometimes overlooked.

One such work is the Mongolian painting of the Buddhist dakini Dechen Gyalmo, which hangs in the NGA. Dating from the late 18th/early 19th century (or possibly earlier), and purchased in 1994, this charming little work is a gem in an already rich collection...