of a Tibetan House
Tibetans live in houses like these. Houses are built on stone foundations
with heavy slopping walls covered with whitewash. Most are two story
structures around an open courtyard (not seen here) allowing families
to use the open court as an extended living area. Flat roofs provide
living and working space in fair weather. Notice the white chimney
on the roof as well as the many colorful prayer flags. The houses
are built facing south so that they can get the most sunlight to
warm the rooms on the cold winter days in the Himalayan Mountains.
Look at the front of the house to see the unique Tibetan painted
wood trim and design around the windows and front entrance.
the house, you see colorful chests and tables. The walls are decorated
with bright colors and Tibetan designs. The main room and cooking
area are on the first floor and the second floor is used for daily
activities as well as a sleeping area.
craftsmen at the Norbulinka Centre for the Arts in India made this
model especially for The Newark Museum.
Tibet, the making of costumed dolls was not a traditional art; it
has, in exile, become a means of preserving and developing a multitude
of traditional crafts we well as saving from oblivion a rich heritage
of regional, monastic, ritual and traditional costume.
is a Losel doll. The body frames are made of wire bent with players
and wrapped in Tibetan paper. They are then stuffed with cotton
and placed on a wooden frame. The result is a lightweight body which
can be made to take up any posture. Clothes are easily adjusted
and can be taken off if need arises for washing or cleaning. Faces
and masks are made from a traditional mixture of clay and Tibetan
paper. The features are, painted on, and the hair is human. Each
doll is given an individual name.
deer dance involved a frightened deer tamed by a famous 1lth century
hermit saint. and poet, a dog and a hunter.
deer appeared before the cave of the holy man, who was moved by
compassion and whose words soothed the animal. An angry and growling
dog came on the scene. Again the poet spoke soothing verses and
the dog's anger was dispelled. A hunter then arrived and, enraged
at the sight of the deer and the dog sitting peacefully with the
poet shot an arrow at him which missed. The holy man then spoke
the soothing words and the hunter, realizing the meaning of his
words, developed great faith in the holy man and offered him his
bow and arrows and became his disciple.