Flip Side: The Unseen in Tibetan Art

The texts and images on the back of Tibetan art objects reveal clues to their meaning, function, and historical context. For the first time ever, both sides of a select group thangkas, sculptures, and initiation cards will be explored in detail. Dating from the 13th to the 19th century, these works of art illuminate the many uses of the other side in Tibetan culture.
, 'Hevajra Mandala,' 18th century, Rubin Museum of Art

Hevajra Mandala, 18th century

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, 'Lama (Teacher) Mawai Sengge,' 17th century, Rubin Museum of Art

Lama (Teacher) Mawai Sengge, 17th century

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, 'Lama (Teacher), Gyurme Dorje,' 17th century, Rubin Museum of Art

Lama (Teacher), Gyurme Dorje, 17th century

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, 'Buddha Amitabha in His Pure Land of Sukhavati,' 18th century, Rubin Museum of Art

Buddha Amitabha in His Pure Land of Sukhavati, 18th century

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