IN – BETWEEN at Rossi & Rossi, London

IN – BETWEEN, until 28th November, Rossi & Rossi, London

Asian Art in London is certainly a major celebration of things Asian and at Rossi & Rossi they are showing a remarkable group of 12th – 15th century Tibetan manuscript covers, crafted in carved wood.  However, that is not all for they are also showing 30 contemporary Tibetan sculptures and pictures which reflect and “comment” on these remarkable surviving book covers.

Manuscript cover with Three Buddhas 13th century Carved, painted and gilded wood 26.5 x 73 x 2.5 cm (10 ½ x 28 ¾ x 1 in)

Manuscript cover with Three Buddhas
13th century
Carved, painted and gilded wood
26.5 x 73 x 2.5 cm (10 ½ x 28 ¾ x 1 in)

Manuscript covers play a highly important role in Buddhist faith for they were seen as both a protector of and an entrance to sacred texts.  They were a part of the Teaching (Dharma) and so were highly revered.  Such covers with their ornate carving, decoration and gilding were usually ordered by a monastery or wealthy families.  Hardwood was specially procured to make them.

Manuscript cover with Gods of the Five Sciences 13th century Carved wood with traces of pigment and gilding 27.3 x 68.6 x 3 cm (10 ¾ x 27 x 1 in)

Manuscript cover with Gods of the Five Sciences
13th century
Carved wood with traces of pigment and gilding
27.3 x 68.6 x 3 cm (10 ¾ x 27 x 1 in)

Many of the covers that survive today do not have their Buddhist texts but they are still important survivors, for many were destroyed after the Chinese invasion of Tibet (1951).  The contemporary artists in their paintings and sculptures are expressing the various ideas and emotions that these historic, significant and religious objects evoke through their survival.

Tsherin Sherpa 2013 Lost in Transition (Red) Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on paper 21.6 x 71.1 cm (8 ½ x 28 in)

Tsherin Sherpa
2013
Lost in Transition (Red)
Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on paper
21.6 x 71.1 cm (8 ½ x 28 in)

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Tashi Norbu 2013 Adventure of my life Tibetan scriptures, magazines, acrylic, enamel and oil paint  120 x 240 cm (46 x 94 ½ in)

Tashi Norbu
2013
Adventure of my life
Tibetan scriptures, magazines, acrylic, enamel and oil paint
120 x 240 cm (46 x 94 ½ in)

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