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As a result of its isolated geography and on the basis of religion, the peoples of the Himalaya region have created over centuries a unique culture of arts and crafts. In spite of negative influences like mass tourism or the communist ideology, the skill has not disappeared until our days.

In contrast to Western cultures, the arts and crafts are not performed by "creative", individual artists, but by anonymous artisans who have inherited the knowledge and skill from generation to generation and who follow old, religiously motivated, iconographic rules.

Yab-Yum - artelino

Yab-Yum PositionYab-yum is a Tibetan word combination. Yab means 'honorable father' and 'yum' stands for 'honorable mother'. Yab-yum is simply a sexual position that you encounter often in Tibetan and Hindu arts, mostly for metal statues and on thangka paintings.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 17:05 Read more: Yab-Yum

The Jokhang Bronzes - artelino

The Jokhang Bronzes.This page presents a color slide show of 108 Buddhist unique statues from the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. The images were published in 2009 with a book titled the 'The Jokhang Bronzes' by Ulrich vonĀ  Schroeder. See the literature reference at the end of this article.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 18:00 Read more: The Jokhang Bronzes

Wood Carving in Nepal - artelino

Wooden Palace Window.Tourists in Nepal admire old temples, pagodas and palaces in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. All these old monuments are constructed with bricks and wood. Well, not just wood, but carved wood. Wood carving in Nepal has been one of the highest developed forms of craftsmanship in the world.

But few are aware that this old craft is still alive in the Kathmandu valley, mainly in Patan. This article reports about the old art of wood carving in Nepal and gives some practical tips for buying or commissioning unique hand-carved items in Nepal.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 18:23 Read more: Woodcarving in Nepal

Nepal on Japanese Woodblock Prints - artelino

View of Mt. Thamserkhu in NepalOsamu Sugiyama, born 1946 in Japan, is an passionate mountaineer and woodblock printmaker in Japanese style. The artist has climbed mountains all over the world, in Japan, Switzerland and of course in Nepal.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 18:26 Read more: Nepal on Japanese woodblocks

Lost Treasures of Tibet - artelino

Lost treasures of TibetThis is an exceptional documentary film by NOVA, a popular science and documentary series on television. The film is about Upper Mustang in Nepal with breathtaking images in HD quality.

This region on altitudes of more than 4,000 meters has preserved a nearly untouched medieval, Tibetan culture. The former "Last Forbidden Kingdom" was inaccessible for foreigners for centuries until 1991.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 18:45 Read More: Upper Mustang

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