The Tibetan Empire: 7th-9th Century | A Lecture by Matthew Kapstein

The Temple of the Turquoise Grove: A Monument of the Tibetan Empire

What can a fabled monument tell us about the intertwining histories of Tibet and China? From the 7th to the 9th century the Tibetan Empire first stepped onto the world stage. A threat to the Tang Empire (618–917), Tibet’s military expansion pressured the Tang to conclude a series of treaties with Tibet, in the hope of stabilizing the frontiers between them. The last of these treaties, signed in 822, was marked by the founding of a famed temple, known in Tibetan as the Temple of the Turquoise Grove, whose whereabouts have remained a mystery. Dr. Kapstein underscores the early history of the Tibetan Empire in its relation to Tang China by examining the history and iconography of this enigmatic monument.











When: Sat., May 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
212-620-5000
Price: Standard $20;Student $14; Free to all Members
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The Temple of the Turquoise Grove: A Monument of the Tibetan Empire

What can a fabled monument tell us about the intertwining histories of Tibet and China? From the 7th to the 9th century the Tibetan Empire first stepped onto the world stage. A threat to the Tang Empire (618–917), Tibet’s military expansion pressured the Tang to conclude a series of treaties with Tibet, in the hope of stabilizing the frontiers between them. The last of these treaties, signed in 822, was marked by the founding of a famed temple, known in Tibetan as the Temple of the Turquoise Grove, whose whereabouts have remained a mystery. Dr. Kapstein underscores the early history of the Tibetan Empire in its relation to Tang China by examining the history and iconography of this enigmatic monument.

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