Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection is the first major exhibition to examine the subject of Tibetan book covers. This stunning visual display illuminates a virtually unknown type of art, one that will charm and intrigue both those familiar and unfamiliar with Tibetan art. For Tibetan Buddhists, books are a divine presence in which the Buddha lives and reveals himself, and they are venerated and handled with the utmost respect. The exhibition features thirty-three book covers dating from the eleventh to the eighteenth century that represent the glorious iconographic array and non-figural decoration typical of these sacred items. UMMA docents will explore the construction of these hand-held relief sculptures and the images depicted, most commonly deities, important teachers, mantras, and sacred symbols.
Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection
Lead support for Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, and the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women's Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.