Himalayas/ China

Grouped together in an enormous mountain range in the heart of Asia,Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal makes a crossroads of many influences.

The art and culture belongs essentially to Vajrayana Buddhism and Hinduism concerning Nepal. This hybrid art takes form in sculptures of different materials : bronze often gilded, wood, ivory, rock crystal as well as in the creation of ritual objects. The painting is executed on different supports :  thangkas, illuminated manuscripts and book covers have known a real development.

Tibet and Nepal have learnt how to appropriate and synthesise the different cultures of their neighbours – Kashmir, Central Asia, China  and Northeastern India.

The artists and Buddhist monks from Tibet and Nepal were invited to share their art and culture with other countries such as Mongolia or even with the China of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, since the 13th century onwards.