PRINT January 1970


INDIAN TANTRIC ART WAS PRODUCED by an esoteric cult of Tantra Yoga followers whose origins may predate the 10th century, A.D. It combines yogic instruction, religion, meditation, science, and a spontaneous folk art expression into a great variety of forms which vary considerably in quality and complexity according to the sophistication of teacher, artist, and student, as well as to the level of thinking and belief signified by the particular art forms. A recent revival (or rather, discovery) of interest in this art has resulted in the exhibition of several rare and sizable collections in this country, particularly at galleries and museums on the West Coast. The Santa Barbara Museum will be displaying Mrs. Blanche Manso’s collection from February 7 to 22, and the Los Angeles County Museum had a similar show during November.

The range of Tantric art may include anything from the most rudimentary

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