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The Museum on the Roof of the World: Art, Politics, and the Representation of Tibet (Buddhism and Modernity)

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For millions of people around the world, Tibet is a domain of undisturbed tradition, the Dalai Lama a spiritual guide. By contrast, the Tibet Museum opened in Lhasa by the Chinese in 1999 was designed to reclassify Tibetan objects as cultural relics and the Dalai Lama as obsolete. Suggesting that both these views are suspect, Clare E. Harris argues in The Museum on the Roof of the World that for the past one hundred and fifty years, British and Chinese collectors and curators have tried to convert Tibet itself into a museum, an image some Tibetans have begun to contest. This book is a powerful account of the museums created by, for, or on behalf of Tibetans and the nationalist agendas that have played out in them.
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Harris begins with the British publicand#8217;s first encounter with Tibetan culture in 1854. She then examines the role of imperial collectors and photographers in representations of the region and visits competing museums of Tibet in India and Lhasa. Drawing on fieldwork in Tibetan communities, she also documents the activities of contemporary Tibetan artists as they try to displace the utopian visions of their country prevalent in the West, as well as the negative assessments of their heritage common in China. Illustrated with many previously unpublished images, this book addresses the pressing question of who has the right to represent Tibet in museums and beyond.

About the Author

Clare E. Harris is associate professor of visual anthropology in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford, curator for Asian collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum, and a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. She is the author of In the Image of Tibet: Tibetan Painting after 1959.

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Introduction

1and#160; The Tibet Museum in the West

2and#160; Theand#160;Younghusband Mission and Tibetan Art

3and#160; Picturing Tibet for the Imperial Archive

4and#160; Photography and the Politics of Memory

5and#160; The Tibet Museum in Exile

6and#160; The Tibet Museum in Lhasa

7and#160; The Invention of Tibetan Contemporary Art

8and#160; The Buddha Goes Global

Acknowledgments

A Note on Languages

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226317472
Author:
Harris, Clare E.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Harris, Clare
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Buddhism and Modernity
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 color plates, 50 halftones, 1 line dr
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Religion » Eastern Religions » General

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