Tibetan arts originated from the rock paintings in ancient time and its contents ranged from animal images of deer, ox, sheep, horse, etc to hunting scenes. Tibetan arts have developed very well during the period of Tubo Kingdom. Especially after introducing Buddhism to Tibet, religious paintings made a further progress. The heritage of traditional Tibetan crafts and the fusion of India, Nepal and Han People’s art essence make Tibetan arts outstand in the world. Tourists can get a panorama view of Tibet arts through stone and rock carvings, murals, frescos, sand mandala and precious Thangkas.
What are the main art forms in Tibet?
Stone carving, mural painting, and Thangka painting are the major forms of art that you can easily find wherever you will visit in Tibet.
As a kind of folk art, Tibetan carving is Tibetan culture in miniature. It records the past days of the Tibetan area and people's life. The contents in stone and rock carvings have covered Tibetan daily necessities, fairy gods, Bon religion, folk legend, historical figures, and Tibetan Buddhism, etc. Three typical representatives of Tibetan rock carvings are worth your visit, namely, Ritu Rock Carving in Ngari, Yaowangshan Rock Carving in Lhasa, and Zaxi Cave Rock Carving in Nagqu.
Tibetan murals and frescos are the actual pictures of Tibetan history, from which you can find the trace of Tibetan politics, economy, culture, customs, and medicine. And it also has abundant subjects, including Buddhist teachings, fairy tales, local lives, natural scenery, etc. The best place to appreciate Tibetan murals are Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Ruins of Guge Kingdom.
Different from oil painting and frescos, Tibetan Thangkas are often painted on cloth, silk, brocade, and paper. Most of them focus on Tibetan religions, depicting the life of Buddha and historical stories of important Lamas. While joining the Buddha Exhibition Festival in Tashilhunpo Monastery, you’ll recognize how important Thangka is to local Tibetans.
Is there any art museum in Tibet?
When you visit Tibet, you can enjoy the beautiful Tibetan artwork and artifacts at Potala Palace and the Tibet Museum.
Potala Palace, once the winter palace of Dalai Lama, now is a museum opened to all tourists. Here you can see large collections of precious artworks of Tibet, including beautiful Thangka paintings, Buddhist murals, traditional Tibetan Buddhist sculptures, and so on.
Besides Potala Palace, you can also visit the Tibet Museum. Located in the southeast corner of Norbulingka, the Tibet Museum has an exquisite collection of Buddha statues from different historical periods, colorful thangkas, and a variety of printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures. It also exhibits a variety of Tibetan folk art, such as handicrafts, costumes, and jewelry with unique Tibetan artistic characteristics.
Both of the museums are the perfect places for you to experience Tibetan art and culture during your Tibet tour.
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More Travel Guide about Tibetan Art
In addition to the art forms mentioned above, there are many more crafts to explore while you're traveling Tibet. Below we will give you a more comprehensive introduction to the different areas of Tibetan art, and give you a glimpse into the mysterious and fascinating culture of Tibet. Know more categories of Tibetan art.
Art of Tibetan Painting
Tibet painting, including the famous Thangka painting, ancient rock painting, and magnificent frescos and murals, are the treasures of Tibetan art and culture. Tibetan paintings are often religious in theme, with unique painting techniques and pigments. Keep reading to learn more about Tibetan painting art.
Art of Tibetan Dance
Tibetan dance is deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and is an expression of Tibetan Buddhist art. The most representative mask dance is one of the common activities in religious festivals. Also, Tibetans are like to celebrate the festivals with Guozhuang dance.
If you have the chance, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy Tibetan dancing during your Tibet tour. You can get a sense of the unique Tibetan art from the dancers and the way the performers dress.
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- Bullboat Dancing
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- Guozhuang Dance - Tibetan Dance
- Duixie Dance - Tibetan Tap Dance
- Zhuoxie Dance
Art of Tibetan Handicraft
Handicrafts are the most lifelike expression of Tibetan art. The variety of jewelry displays the unique aesthetics and craftsmanship of the Tibetan people. Other handicrafts such as Tibetan carpets and masks are also popular among international visitors. Keep reading the ultimate guide of these featured Tibetan Handicraft.
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Art of Tibetan Architecture
The Tibetan architectural art, especially the art of Tibetan monasteries, can be considered a treasure of the snowy plateau. It is based on traditional Tibetan culture and techniques and combines different architectural features of the surrounding areas. Read below to learn more about the aesthetics of Tibetan monasteries, houses, and other architectural features.
- Features of Tibetan Architecture
- Guide to Architectural Styles of Tibetan Monasteries
- Tibetan houses, the unique scenery in Tibet
Art of Tibetan Buddhism
The Tibetan people's devotion to Buddhism has profoundly influenced their art and aesthetics. The various colors and elements associated with Buddhism are also most easily seen when traveling in Tibet.
The perfect blend of Buddhism and Tibetan art can be seen in everything from the Thangkas paintings and Buddhist statues in museums to the decorations of street-side homes.
Here we will introduce you to some of the artistic features of Tibetan Buddhism and give you more background knowledge.
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