"Teacup Fragment No. 2"
Oil on panel, 2.5 x 2 Inches
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One of the really spectacular forms of Tibetan art are sand-painted mandalas. These intricate paintings are created by dropping grains of colored sand onto a flat surface, usually as part of a religious ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, the painting is usually swept away, symbolizing impermanence, one of the key concepts of Buddhism.
When we visited the house of one of the high lamas, there was on display this large preserved sand painting, kept in a glass case. We were being ushered through rather briskly, and I didn't think at the moment to ask why this one was not destroyed.
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