Eternal Transience, Enlightened Wisdom 如來一相

Masterpieces of Buddhist Art 佛教藝術藏珍

Luo Wenhua 羅文華

ISBN : 978-988-74708-0-9

Fine Arts Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery 香港大學美術博物館

February 2023

124 pages, 8.25″ x 10.63″, 65 color illus.

  • HK$150.00

Eternal Transience, Enlightened Wisdom: Masterpieces of Buddhist Art contextualises thirty-three bronze statues and thangkas of deities and gurus in Tibetan Buddhism from Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan and Mongolia dating from the 6th–19th century.

From an art historical perspective, these Himalayan masterpieces reflect an array of aesthetic and artistic traditions from neighbouring regions across the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia. The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the artworks’ iconography and material culture. Emphasis is placed on how the figures’ gestures and accompanying objects have been understood in the context of Tibetan Buddhism as symbols of wisdom and compassion within the context of religious art.

As part of Buddhism’s eternal journey from India to the Himalayas, China and Japan, the religious icons and objects of daily religious practice remain a testament to the shifting cultures that have engaged with Buddhism over the millennia. Acknowledging such a state of transience highlights the enlightened wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism as portrayed through the various artworks.





Luo Wenhua

Luo Wenhua is a research fellow at the Palace Museum in Beijing and the director of the Research Center for Tibetan Buddhist Heritage. His primary area of research is Tibetan art history and the history of the Qing court.