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Khyenle: the Bronzework Tradition of Tibet. September 06, 2016

September 6, 2016

At a time when most sculptures of Tibetan deities are mass-produced, and machine-made by unknown workers living far from Tibet, master craftsmen Nima and Dawa Dakpa are working to preserve KHYENLEthe bronzework techniques traditionally used to create sacred objects in Tibet. Based in Dzongsar, in the Tibetan region of Kham in Sichuan Province, this father and son team design and craft bronze statues that embody Buddhist principles, and are made to last for centuries.