The exhibition will present to the participants of the Forum the rarest historical manuscript, one of the sacred artifacts of Buddhism in Russia and a unique piece of heritage of Oriental medicine – the only complete copy of the Atlas of Tibetan Medicine stored at the Khangalov Museum of the History of Buryatia.
The original Atlas of Tibetan Medicine is a set of illustrations for the major medical treatises of Gyuzhi and Vaidurya-onbo. The Atlas was created in 1667-1688 at the same time as with Vaidurya-onbo and under the leadership of the author of this treatise Desi Sangye Gyatso (1653-1705) who was the largest Tibetan thinker, expert in the theory and practice of Tibetan medicine, politician, and regent of the Dalai Lama V.
Atlas is built according to the structure of Vaidurya-onbo and consists of 76 colorful illustrations to the key elements of the treatise. There are a total of about 10.000 illustrations that depict sacred images, diagrams, anatomical drawings, images of people, animals, plants, minerals, medical instruments, etc. The illustrations are made in the traditional Buddhist technique of thangka, and they share the same size and format, a common compositional solution, a technique, and a manner of execution.
The copy of the Atlas presented at the exhibition is the only complete copy of the Tibetan original attributed to the end of the XIX century. Just like the original, it consists of 76 sheets where the illustrations are machine-painted with mineral paints on a thin primed linen canvas. In addition, 2 Buddhist sculptures and 9 high-precision insurance copies of Atlas sheets (made in 2020 with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Buryatia) will be exhibited at the exhibition.