The technique of Tibetan paintings

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Journal Article


Huntington, John C.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 15, Number 2, p.122-133 (1970)


China (Tibet), grounds, painting support, paintings, textiles, Tibetan paintings


Using written accounts of observed methods and materials of Tibetan paintings as well as examination of numerous examples, the techniques of Tibetan paintings, especially paintings on cloth, are discussed. Brief mention is made of the regional styles of Tibetan paintings, since the techniques used in the production of these paintings apparently vary throughout Tibet and China. Various types of supports are mentioned and analyses of the types of cloths are given. The preparation and materials used in the ground, pigments and preliminary drawings and prints are discussed. The iconometrics of Tibetan painting are mentioned, since the total conception of the object is dependent upon them.