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A Rug for Every Person – Tibetan Pile Carpets

Friday, April 22, 2016

Authentic antique Tibetan rugs are difficult to come by simply because very few remain. The saying, a rug for every person is believed to also imply that the lifespan of a rug and its owner are roughly the same. As utilitarian items, rugs were used until they fell apart....

The Sound of Harmony – Tibetan Singing Bowls

Friday, February 05, 2016

Tibetan singing bowls were traditionally used by Buddhist monks to focus and center the mind during meditations. Made from a unique composition of five or seven metals believed to hold auspicious and sacred properties, the pure ringing sounds created by these bowls are unlike any other instrument found in the West....

Spirited Away – Himalayan Masking Traditions

Friday, August 14, 2015

The masking traditions of Nepal and Tibet have until recent decades been obscured and safeguarded behind the Himalayan mountains. Buddhism and Hinduism introduced canonical masks based on their pantheons but even before then, indigenous masquerades featuring spirits of animals, nature and protective deities were long appreciated by the people. Artistically distinct and amazingly well-preserved, these masks are becoming increasingly sought after for their arresting and evocative qualities....

Can an Inanimate Object Have a Soul? – Tibetan Gao Prayer Boxes

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gao prayer boxes from Tibet are essentially protective amulets. Most often they feature Buddhist engravings such as the Wheel of Time, or in some larger boxes, small statues of Buddha are enshrined inside. Many people in Tibet wear a small Gao around their neck or keep a larger one in a home, believing in a power beyond their control residing inside the Gao...

Land of the Dead?... – Tibetan Citipati

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween does not exist in Tibet but ghosts and skeletons abound in Tibetan folklore - from zombie-like ro-langs that prey on the living to skeletal pairs called citipati that protect against thieves and evil spirits. It's not at all about costumes and trick-or-treats in Tibet but artworks of the dead are bewitching in their own right...

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER