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Seeing these fragile treasures endangered and still relatively undocumented, Thomas Laird developed new methods to capture three hundred of the greatest murals painted in Tibet during the past thousand years, at life size resolution: gigapixel images. his image is the same size, at a resolution of 300 dpi.Prior to the digital revolution images of murals in Tibet of this scale and resolution were impossible.

When I first encountered Coomaraswamy’s multivolume catalogue of the Boston Museum collections in the Calcutta University library as a student in 1956, I learnt that the great Indian collection for which the museum was famous at the time was identified as the hyphenated “Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection.” The “Ross” part of the moniker, however, remained a mystery until I came to occupy the position of Keeper of the Indian Collections in 1967 – exactly two decades after Coomaraswamy passed away.The Mongol adoption of Tibetan Buddhism has been traditionally ascribed almost solely to missionary activities of Tibetan clerics.Recent scholarship, however, has revealed a more complex picture, which shows the Xi Xia background of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia and Yuan China.The iconographic programme on this doorway represents the earliest known example in this region.Khorchag Monastery was founded in 996 by Khorre, ruler of the kingdom of Purang, who—together with his brother Yeshe-Ö—transformed the region into a Buddhist kingdom.Paul Walter, however, must have been an exception; as a collector he was so passionate, avaricious, curious, eclectic, impulsive, gregarious and generous that I always felt he must have been born under all the planets and shared bits of all the zodiacal signs.

He was a big man, with a big appetite and a big heart, like Mr. A lawyer recently told me that for institutional beneficiaries of my Estate I should write something about my life since often they like to know a little about the donor.

These images allow global access to one of the greatest artistic treasures of Tibet for the first time.

represents both devotion and labor, often achieved quietly and privately during spare moments snatched from a long day of domestic duties.

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