CROSS-CULTURAL ART CONSERVATION: PRESERVING BHUTAN’S BUDDHIST PAINTINGS – TAASA Review December 2018
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This article was originally found in the December 2018 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 27, Issue 4, Page 15).
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Jennifer Loubser T hangkas, sacred scrolls, are traditionally painted with mineral pigments and gold on canvas, surrounded by silk borders.
In their rightful cultural context, these artworks are utilised in prayer rituals, unvarnished, unglazed, without barriers between viewers and the power of the deities depicted.
When revered, they are often enveloped in the smoke of incense and yak butter lamps that are lit to honour these deities...