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Pages: 266 (140 Color Illustrations)About the AuthorMichael Henss has studied European art history and classical archaeology at Bonn and Vienna universities. He now lives in Zurich. Some 30 years ago he moved to Asian and especially Tibetan art and is now an independent scholar. Since 1980 he made over 20 academic excursions to Tibet and has done extensive field studies in the Himalayan countries. Among his book publications are 'The Cultural Monuments of Tibet' (1981), 'Kalachakra. A Tibetan Initiation Ritual' (last ed. 2002) and 'Mustang A Guide Book and Cultural History' (last ed. 1999), all in German language. After many years of research he is currently completing a two volumes handbook on 'The Cultural Monuments of Tibet. The Central Regions' (in English). He lectures regularly on Tibetan, Buddhist and Asian art and culture, and has published numerous articles in academic journals.?IntroductionThis book has been prepared with the intention of making available to a wider readership two earlier exhibition and book reviews in a revised and enlarged form with many more illustrations. This format also allows for greater exploration of some of these essential subjects that were raised by the presented material and by its interpretation. By focussing on sculptures and painting it will provide the reader with some updated insights of our current knowledge on the ancient cultural relics in pre- sent-day Tibet and thus is supposed to offer more than just a report on two specific publications.The review article on the German exhibition and its book Tibet - Monasteries Open Their Treasure Rooms, arguably the most significant presentation of Buddhist art from Tibet ever shown in the West, initially was written for The Tibet Journal (where it will be soon published in the original unrevised edition), a Read more