Object biography by Ivy Chen, view HERE.
Introduction: “Maps tell a story, not solely the story crafted by the cartographers and explorers who ventured to these previously unknown realms, but also the history of a civilization. While not one of the most traditional genres of art history analysis, reliving a space from the perspective of both those who occupied it as well as those who explored it weaves a multi-faceted understanding of a civilization. Moreover, the way in which a people think about a place provides insight into the values and cultural identity of a people. In the case of Tibet, social identity is deeply related to Tibet’s Buddhist history and practice of spiritual divination.”