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The Art Of The Court: Some Remarks On The Historical Stratigraphy Of Eastern Iranian Elements In Early Buddhist Painting Of Alchi, Ladakh

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This chapter proposes a preliminary classification of donor depictions and the rich and diverse material culture reflected in this genre (Western Himalayan imagery). It demonstrates that the definition of distinctive Indo-Tibetan and Central Asian modes of self-representation facilitates the elucidation of a constituent component in the formative process of Western Himalayan imagery, namely the conscious use of signs and symbols of the status and royal supremacy of the ruling elite. The chapter elucidates the relationship between courtly culture and Buddhist art and thought and its transformation as reflected in the early temples of Western Tibet. It defines more closely the specific Eastern Iranian cultural affinities and the adoption of the Alchi school of painting of an Iranicate language of kingship from Central Asia which represents the latest phase in this artistic period up to the 13th century.

Keywords: Alchi; Buddhist painting; Indo-Tibetan mode; Iranicate language; Ladakh; Western Himalayan imagery



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