Lumír Jisl: Život a dílo

Title in English Life and Work of Lumír Jisl


Year of publication 2016
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The text focuses on Lumír Jisl (1921–1969), an outstanding Czechoslovak archaeologist and expert in Oriental art and material culture including Tibetan Buddhism. He was engaged in the study of Buddhist art in China, Tibet and mainly in Mongolia, where he led a successful archaeological expedition exploring prince Kultegin’s (685–732) memorial in 1958. The essay provides a detailed description of his work, life and Asian travels in 1957–1969. The text also deals with Lumír Jisl’s rare photography archive dating of 1957–1969: since his very first moment on Mongolian soil on 5 August 1967, until 4 June 1969, he spent half a year in Mongolia and five months in China. His archives of photographs, negatives, slides and index cards, as well as other writings concerning his activities in Inner Asia, are noteworthy from several aspects. The main characteristics of Jisl’s photographic archives are their broad range of representation, precision and thoroughness. It can be said that the photographic archives of Lumír Jisl are truly unique both in terms of contents and archival methodology.

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