Amy Heller Bibliographie

Collaborator CNRS, Paris, Civilisation tibétaine (UMR 8155)

Visiting Professor, Centre for Tibetan Studies, Sichuan University

Chengdu (2007-2010)

Educational Background

1974 B.A. Cum Laude, Art History, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York
City, New York.

1978 Diplôme de tibétain de l’INALCO (Paris)

1992 Diplôme de l’EPHE, IVe Section, Sciences Historiques et Philologiques
(sous la direction de Mme Ariane Spanien, tibétologue)


Tibetan Art Tracing the Development of Spirituality and Art in Tibet, 600-2000 AD., Antique Collectors’ Club, London,1999; Arte Tibetana, Jaca Book, Milano, 1999; Arts et Sagesses du Tibet, Editions du Zodiaque, La Pierre qui Vire, France, 1999. Arte Tibetano, Libsa, Madrid, 2000.

New revised edition: Xizang Yishu: Tibetan Buddhist Art (in Chinese language), Beijing 2007

Amy Heller and Giacomella Orofino (eds.) Discoveries in Western Tibet and the Western Himalayas Essays on History, Literature, Archeology and Art presented at a Panel of the 10th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Oxford 2003, Brill Publications, Leiden, 2007

Early Himalayan art, Buddhist sculpture of Nepal,Tibet, and Ladakh, c. 5th-14th centuries, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England, 2008.

In press:

Hidden Treasures of the Himalayas: Tibetan manuscripts, paintings and
sculptures from Dolpo
, Serindia Publications, Chicago(2008-2009).

Bibliography of principal articles and museum catalogues

  • 1-1983 Catalogue of the Tibetan Collection of The Newark Museum,vol. I:Introduction, Newark N.J. (co-author with Valrae Reynolds).
  • 2-1985 « Rkyal-‘bud, an early Tibetan ritual », B.N. Aziz and M.Kapstein
    (eds), Soundings in Tibetan Civilization, New Delhi, pp.257-267.
  • 3-1986 Catalogue of the Tibetan Collection of The Newark Museum,vol. III: Painting and Sculpture, Newark N.J. (co-author with ValraeReynolds and Janet Gyatso).
  • 4-1986 « A propos de Mme Ariane Macdonald, « Une lecture des P.T. 1286, 1287,1038, 1047, et 1290. Essai sur la formation et l’emploi des mythes politiques dans lareligion royale de Srong btsan sgam po » (Etudes Tibetaines dédiées à la mémoire deMarcelle Lalou, Paris, 1971, pp.190-391). » in The Journal of the Tibet Society, 6:73-78.
  • 5-1987 « Phur-pa Tibetan Ritual Daggers », Arts of Asia, Hong Kong, vol.17:4, pp. 69-77 (co-author with Thomas Marcotty).
  • 6-1988 « Early Textual Sources for the cult of Beg-tse », in H. Uebach and J.Panglung (eds.), Tibetan Studies, Munich, pp.185-196.
  • 7-1989 « Mi-dbang’s 1740 Decree to Batang », Acta Orientalia Hung. 43 (2-3): 375-389.
  • 8-1989 « Tibetan sculpture and painting in the Newark Museum », Arts of Asia, vol. 19/5:
  • 9-1990 « Remarques sur les divinités protectrices du Potala », in F. Meyer (ed.), Tibet,
    Civilisation et Société
    , Paris, pp. 19-27.
  • 10-1990 « Tibetan Documents in the Newark Museum », Orientations 21/4:62-69.
  • 11-1991 « Word and Image, Sacred Languages of Tibet « , Exhibition brochure, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, USA.
  • 12-1992 « Historic and Iconographic Aspects of the Protective Deities srung ma dmar nag », S. Ihara (ed.), Tibetan Studies, Narita, pp. 479-492.
  • 13-1993 « La sauvegarde des monuments historiques au Tibet », in O. Moulin (ed.), Tibet , l’envers du décor, Genève, pp. 177-182.
  • 14-1994 « Ninth century Buddhist images carved at lDan-ma-brag to commemorate Tibeto-Chinese negotiations », in P. Kvaerne (ed.), Tibetan Studies, Oslo, pp. 335-349 and Appendix pp. 12- 19.
  • 15-1994 “Early Ninth Century Images of Vairochana from Eastern Tibet », Orientations 25/6:74-79.
  • 16-1996 “Mongolian Mountain Deities and local gods: examples of rituals for their worship in Tibetan language”, in A-M. Blondeau and E. Steinkellner , eds. Reflections on the Mountain, Wien, pp.34-44.
  • 17-1997 « Eighth and ninth century temples and rock carvings of Eastern Tibet », in J.C. Singer and P. Denwood,eds. Tibetan Art Towards a Definition of Style, London, pp. 86- 103, notes 296-297.
  • 18-1997 “Les grandes divinités protectrices du gouvernement tibétain », in F. Pommaret (ed.), Lhasa Lieu du divin, Genève, pp. 105-124.
  • 19-1997 « Notes on the Symbol of the Scorpion in Tibet », in S. Karmay and P. Sagant (eds.), Les habitants du Toit du Monde, A.W. Macdonald Felicitation Volume, Société d’ethnologie, Nanterre, pp. 283-297.
  • 20-1997 « Buddhist images and rock inscriptions from Eastern Tibet, Part IV” in E. Steinkellner, et al, eds- Tibetan Studies, Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, pp. 385-403.
  • 21-1997 “A Set of 13th century Tsakali” Orientations, 28/10:48-52.
  • 22-1997 “An Eighth Century Child’s Garment of Sogdian and Chinese Silks” in Chinese and Central Asian Textiles, Orientations, Hong Kong, pp.220-222.
  • 23-1998 “Preliminary Remarks on the Excavations at Dulan”, Orientations, 29/9:84-92.
  • 24-1998 “ Two Inscribed Fabrics and their Historical Context: Some observations on Esthetics and Silk Trade in Tibet, 7th to 9th century”, in K. Otavsky (ed) Abegg Stiftung, Riggisberg berichte, 95-118.
  • 25-1998 “The Caves of Gnas mjal che mo”, in D. Klimberg-Salter and E. Allinger, eds). The Inner Asian International Style, 12-14th Centuries, Wien,135-150.
  • 26-1998 Book review. Béguin, Gilles, Les Peintures du Bouddhisme Tibétain, Paris, 1995; Goepper, Roger and Ponczar, Jaroslav, with an essay by R. Linrothe. Alchi, London, 1997; Jackson, David. A History of Tibetan Painting, Wien, 1996. in Asiatische Studien, 201- 208.
  • 27-1998 Dulan, Some Preliminary remarks on the architecture and artefacts of the Tibetan Empire ” in Circle of Inner Asian Art , SOAS, newsletter no.8 ( nov. 1998: 52-54).
  • 28-1999 Tibetan Art, Jaca Book , Milano, Antique Collectors Club, Arts et Sagesses du Tibet, Editions du Zodiaque, La Pierre qui vire, France.
  • 29-1999 book review, Orientations, 29/10: 95-97: R. Linrothe, Ruthless Compassion, London, 1999; M. Rhie and R. Thurman, Worlds of Transformation, New York, 1999.
  • 30-2000 “Works from the Nyingjei Lam collection in the Light of Recent Sculptural Finds in Tibet” in Oriental Art XLVI/2: 14-23. Title was Misprinted: Correct title: : »Chronological Study of Dated Sculptures from Tibet and the Himalayas, 7th-17 century ».
  • 31-2000 book review, MARG, 51/4 : 89-90: D.Weldon and J.C.Singer, The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet, London, 1999.
  • 32- 2000 book review, Tibet Forum 19/2: Roberto Vitali, Records of Tho.ling, Serindia publications, London, 1999.
  • 33- 2001 “Robert Powell and his Himalayan Art” in Orientations 32/9:60-62.
  • 34- 2001 book review, Circle of Inner Asian Art newsletter no. 13: 56-57 , Cave Temples of Mogao, Art and History on the Silk Road, by Roderick Whitfield, Susan Whitfield, Neville Agnew, Getty Trust Publications, Los Angeles, 2000.
  • 35- 2001 “On the development of the iconography of Acala and Vighnantaka in Tibet,” in R. Linrothe and H. Sorensen, eds. Embodying Wisdom, Seminar for East Asian Studies, Copenhagen, pp. 209-228.
  • 36- 2001 “ Indian style, Kashmiri style: Aesthetics of choice in Eleventh Century Tibet,Orientations 32/10: 18-25, figs. 8.
  • 37-2001 “Terma of Dolpo: The Secret Library of Pijor”, Orientations 32/10: 64-71, figs.15.
  • 38-2002  » The Silver Jug of the LHASA JOKHANG » – online publication for, 20pp. , 60 illustrations.
  • 39-2002 « Did Atisha visit Zhalu monasatery? Tracing Atisha’s influence on Tibetan iconography » in D. Klimburg-Salter and E. Allinger, Buddhist Art and Tibetan Patronage, Leiden, 45-58.
  • 40- 2002 « Grathang, history and iconography of an 11th century Tibetan temple, “ in Erberto Lo Bue, editor, special volume Tibet Journal,Dharamsala.2002, vol. 27:37-70.
  • 41- 2002 Contributions in Rituels Tibétains, Musée Guimet Réunion des Musées Nationaux sous la direction de Nathalie Bazin, « le Nag thang (peintures sur fond noir) et les divinités protectrices : quelques observations sur leur signification historique et leur développement esthétique », 38-46, Notices du Catalogue: 6,11,12, 18,20,21, 22,24,25,27 ,29,34,39,41,42,44,45, 46,48,49 ,50,51,52,53, 54,55,57,58,59, 60,61,62,64,66 ,67,68,69,70, 71,72,73,82.
  • 42- 2002 « The Protective deities  » in Lhasa in the Seventeenth Century, in Françoise Pommaret (ed.), Leiden, Brill publishers, 81-98.
  • 43- 2003 « The Three Silver Brothers », Orientations 34/4: 29-34.
  • 44- 2003 « Archeological Artefacts from the Tibetan Empire in Central Asia », Orientations 34/4: 55-64, 21 illustrations.
  • 45- 2003 « The Tibetan inscriptions: Dedications, History and Prayers  » Essay and Appendix of all Tibetan inscriptions in Pal, Pratapaditya, Himalayas an Aesthetic Adventure, Art Institute of Chicago, pp.286-297.
  • 46- 2003 « The Silver Jug of the Lhasa Jokhang: Some Observations on silver objects and costumes from the Tibetan Empire (7th-9th century) » , Silk Road Art and Archeology, vol.9 : 213-238.
  • 47- 2004 « The Vajravali Mandala of Shalu and Sakya: The Legacy of Buton (1290-1364) » , Orientations 35/4 :69-73.
  • 48- 2004 Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, http://www.asiasocietymuseum
    .org/region_object.asp?RegionID =2&CountryID=6&ChapterID=14
  • 49-2004 Archeology of Funeral Rituals as revealed by Tibetan Tombs of the 8th to 9th century », published in Festschrift for Boris Marshak,
  • 50-2004 Lhasa gtsug lag khang: Observations on the Ancient Wood carvings”, in Roberto Vitali (ed.), Tibetan Monuments issue, Tibet Journal, vol 29/3: 3-24.
  • 51-2004 Book Review. The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art, edited by John C. Huntington and Dina Bangdel, in Marg, vol. 56 (1): 98-101.
  • 52-2005 “The Second Dalaï Lama” and “The Protective Deities” in Martin Brauen, ed, The Dalai Lamas, Chicago, (Serindia ), pp. 42-51; 212-229.
  • 53-2005 thangka portrait of ‘Bri gung Rin chen dpal, Jig rten gsum mgon, in Journal of the International Association for Tibetan studies (
  • 54-2006 “Recent findings on Textiles from the Tibetan Empire” in Regula Schorta (ed.), Riggisberger Berichte 9, Central Asian Textiles and Their Contexts in the Early Middle Ages , Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg, pp. 175-188.
  • 55-2006 “Armor and Weapons in the Iconography of Tibetan Buddhist Deities” in Donald LaRocca, Warriors of the Himalayas: rediscovering the arms and armor of Tibet. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, pp. 35-44.
  • 56-2006 Archeology of Funeral Rituals as revealed by Tibetan Tombs of the 8th to 9th century », in Matteo Compareti, Paola Raffetta, Gianroberto Scarcia (eds.) Eran ud Aneran, Studies Presented to Boris Illic Marshak on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday, Ca Foscarina, Venezia, pp. 261-274.
  • 57-2006 – Rezeption und Adaptation fremder ästhetisher Elemente in der tibetischen Skulptur – Eine Spurensuche” in Tibet Klöster öffnen ihre Schatzkammern: Kulturstiftung Ruhr, Villa Hügel, Essen, pp. 80-89
  • 2006: Reception and .Adaptation of foreign Esthetic elements in Tibetan sculpture, English original of Villa Hügel essay, published online at to coincide with exhibition.
  • 58-2006 “Tibetan Paintings” in R.C. Sharma (ed.), Indian Art Treasures, Suresh Neotia Collection, Jnana Pravaha, Varanasi, pp. 91-99.
  • 59-2006 “ The archeological investigations of Dulan: 8th century Tibetan tombs? “in Studies in Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Art, Proceedings of the Second International Seminar of Tibetan art and archaeology, Beijing, pp. 57-76.
  • 60-2007 “Preliminary remarks on the Manuscripts of Gnas Gsar dgon pa in Northern Dolpo (Nepal) ” in Amy Heller and Giacomella Orofino (eds.) Discoveries in Western Tibet and the Western Himalayas Essays on History, Literature, Archeology and Art presented at a Panel of the 10th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Brill, Leiden,
  • 61-2007 “P.T. 7a, P.T. 108, P.T. 240 and Beijing bsTan ‘gyur 3489: Ancient Tibetan rituals dedicated to Vairocana ”, to be published in Roberto Vitali (ed). The Pandita and the Siddha, Tibetan Studies in honor of E. Gene Smith, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India.
  • 62-2007 . “Lions and Elephants in Tibet, Eighth to Ninth Centuries” in Judith A. Lerner and Lilla Russell-Smith (eds.), Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology, volume 2. Roderick Whitfield Felicitation volume, Brepols publishers, Leiden, pp. 59-67.
  • 2008 Book Review, Bon The Magic Word, Samten Karmay and Jeff Watt, (eds). New York, Rubin Museum of Art. In Orientations, 39/4:73-74.
  • In press:

    “THE SHALU CONSERVATION PROJECT” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Traditional Architecture and Conservation of Mural Paintings” Tibet University sept 20-24, 2004. To be edited by Knud Larsen and Amund Sinding-Larsen, Norwegian Technical University, Trondheim (in print for 2009?)