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Tibetan butter sculptures photographic slides, 1989.

Identifier: PSC 85A


Slides of the individual sculptures made at the American Museum of Natural History. Also includes views of the display table. 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. 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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0.5 Linear Feet (1 box )

20 Photographic Slides

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condition reviewed 20110826 good

General Note

Slide numbers 85-1 to 85-11, 103-101 to 103-103A.

General Note

8 slides originally housed in PSC 103, now combined with this collection.

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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.

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

American Museum of Natural History
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