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Tantric Buddhism has been the dominant form of Buddhism in Mongolia since the 16th century and all of the artworks featured in this exhibition reflect the Mongolian Tantric Buddhist tradition. Most of the artworks displayed here date from the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Tantric Buddhist culture was at its highest point in Mongolia. Many of the paintings, sculptures and other objects illustrated and discussed here were used in devotional rituals—including meditational deity rituals—by both ordained clerics and lay believers.
From introduction by Charles Mason, Director.