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Tibetan butter sculptures and performance photographic slides, 1989.

Identifier: PSC 61A
Tibetan monks from the Gyuto Tantric Monastery making butter sculptures in a month-long butter sculpting project in the AMNH Whitney Memorial Hall of Oceanic Birds. The sculptures depicted a number of figures including Shayamuni Buddha, the five visions of Tsongkhapa, White Tara, 16 offering goddesses of Chakrasamvara, four protector dieties, the seven ornaments of royalty and the mandalas of Guhyasamaja, Vajrabhairava and Chakrasamvara, all embellished with delicate flowers and leaves. Some of the individual sculptures are included in this collection. The Butter Sculpture project was a joint venture of the Gyuto Tantric Monastery, the AMNH and Tibet House/New York.


  • 1989

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 box )

46 Photographic Slides


condition reviewed 20110826 good

General Note

Slide numbers 61-1 through 61-46.
General Note Contains many K numbers.
General Note Adam Anik is credited as a photographer.
General Note Previous number includes: K16411
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Minimal level collection record created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.

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