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TANGKA, MATERIA MEDICA IV: HERBAL MEDICATIONS
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.3/ 5489
Culture: TIBETAN
Country: CHINA
Material: CANVAS, PIGMENT, GILT
Dimensions: H:75 W:56.8 (in CM)
Technique: PAINTED
Subject: MEDICAL TANGKA, MATERIA MEDICA IV: HERBAL MEDICATIONS
Acquisition Year: 1998 [GIFT]
Donor: FISHER, EMILY
Artist: ROMIO SHRESTHA
Keywords: TANGKA
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Exhibition History:
BODY AND SPIRIT: TIBETAN MEDICAL PAINTINGS. AMNH, NEW YORK, NY. January 2011 - July 2011
Exhibition Label: High Altitude Medicinal Plants. Although much of Tibet lies at very high altitudes and consists of sparse grasslands, the region contains forests and semi-deserts as well. These produce thousands of different plant species, many used in traditional Tibetan medicine. This painting shows some of that variety, including grasses and funguses as well as sedum, a succulent. Blue Gentian: According to the humoral classifications of Tibetan medicine, gentian is used to treat an excess of bile or wind. Its taste is bitter and its nature is cooling. Many varieties of gentian, like this Tibetan blue gentian, grow at high altitudes around the world. (4th row, 1st image)
Publication History:
BODY & SPIRIT: TIBETAN MEDICAL PAINTINGS. WILLIAMSON, LAILA. EXHIBITION CATALOG. Publisher: AMNH, UNIV OF WASHINGTON PRESS. 2009
Additional Resources:
HIMALAYAN ART RESOURCES (Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation website with images of Himalayan art from museum, university and private collections throughout the world)


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