GUHYASADHANA HAYAGRIVA, T.Tsend (dates unknown), 1800s, patchwork of silks with gold couching and embroidery; 283.5 x 202 cm. Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum, Ulaanbaatar. Photo: Felicity Jenkins – TAASA Review September 2012


This article was originally found in the September 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 3, Page 14).

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of the rows of petals is a feature unique to Zanabazar sculptures.

The elegant fluidity of the lithe body is indebted to the style created by the Nepalese master Aniko (1245-1306) who had established workshops in Beijing at the invitation of Kublai Khan, Mongol leader of the Chinese Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), and initiated a new style adopted by craftsmen with Mongol patrons.

The softly glowing matt surface is a distinctive feature of Mongolian Buddhist bronzes...