National Museum of China; Lu Zhangshen ed: SI BU YI DIAN MANTANG. (Tangka Paintings of the Tibetan Medical Text 'Sibu Yi Dian' known as 'The Four Medical Tantras'). Beijing, 2016. 277 pp. Colour plates throughout, many full page. 31x24 cm. Wrappers.
Catalogue of an exhibition at the National Museum of China showing modern tangka paintings of the elusive Tibetan illustrated medical text known in Chinese as the Si Bu Yi Dian, which approximates in English to 'The Four Medical Tantras' as it has connections with Tantric Buddhism. The text was first written in Tibetan in the 8th century AD and for centuries was little-known, but came to the attention of the Qing court due to an imperial fascination with Tibetan Buddhism and associated culture. The illustrations shed much light on traditional Tibetan medicine and healing, understanding of the body, the treatment of illness and the Tibetan pharmacopeia and use of plants and herbs. Illustrated throughout in colour, many of the illustrations being very detailed. Text in Chinese. A fascinating work which merits further research. Hard to obtain.
Subjects: Painting Medicine
Can be ordered in, as of: 01/02/2019
Was item 39 in printed List 193.
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