Friday, August 11, 2017

A Frenchwoman is on a quest to recover forgotten Buddhist treasures

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By Kalpana Sunder
Kalpana Sunder
It looks like a scene from an adventure movie. In a monastery founded in the year 1410 lie boxes and boxes of priceless treasure gathering dust. Exquisite art objects like precious thangkas, carved ivory, Kashmiri bronzes, ritual implements, musical instruments, costumes, religious texts and elaborate dance masks. All covered in years of soot from oil lamps. What few visitors to Matho know is that the monastery is a treasure house of Himalayan Buddhist art, and that is about to change soon. [More]