The iconography and structure of the mountings of Tibetan paintings

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Journal Article


Huntington, John C.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 15, Number 3, p.190-205 (1970)


China (Tibet), paintings, Tibetan


It is not well known that the mountings of Tibetan paintings have an iconography and a cosmogeneric relationship to the painting. Hence, a painting without its mounting is incomplete. The iconography is described and the cosmogeneric relationships are discussed, leading to the suggestion that, where possible, the original mounting should be conserved or a logical replacement made. The structure and manner of construction of mountings is shown and de- scribed in order to provide a basis for repairs. Four major style varieties are shown as an additional guide in reconstruction. A glossary of Tibetan terms is included for reference.