Floating Mountain

Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu, Mongolian, born 1979



Acrylic on canvas

Canvas: 39 3/8 × 55 1/4 in. (100 × 140.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W'18 Fund



Place Made: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


21st century

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Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu fills the flat and decorated space on her canvas with multiple images that each have personal significance for her. We see references to tea culture, mining, mythical beasts, more common animals, and a woman with a telescope atop the mountain. Her approach, referred to as the Mongol Zurag style, is essentially a contemporary revision of earlier styles in Buddhist art witnessed in Thanka painting. In a manner reminiscent of the poetic use of language, Dagvasambuu creates images that are individually distinct, while in combination, their meaning becomes more oblique or allusive.


The artist, Ulaanbataar, Mongolia; to Sapar Contemporary, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2024.

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