Guge – ages of gold: the West-Tibetan masterpieces

"During the 10th century Buddhism blossomed in the far west of Tibet into unexpected magnificence and greatness. In breathtaking views of temple complexes that are no longer accessible to Western cameras, this volume shows for the first time anywhere in the world the masterly relics of that inc...

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Main Author: Ham, Peter van 1964-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: München Hirmer [2016]
Edition:1. Auflage
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Guge / Temple construction / Furnishing / Buddhist art / History
Further subjects:B Painting, Tibetan To 1500
B Illustrated book
B Buddhist gods in art
B Buddhist painting China Tibet Autonomous Region
B Buddhist temples China Tibet Autonomous Region
B Tibetan literature To 1500
B Manuscripts, Tibetan To 1500
B Buddhist sculpture China Tibet Autonomous Region
B Buddhist art China Tibet Autonomous Region
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Summary:"During the 10th century Buddhism blossomed in the far west of Tibet into unexpected magnificence and greatness. In breathtaking views of temple complexes that are no longer accessible to Western cameras, this volume shows for the first time anywhere in the world the masterly relics of that incomparable era that have survived to the present day, from both the Indian and the Tibetan side of the old Kingdom of Guge. The rulers of the Kingdom of Guge were patrons of the arts who invited Indian scholars to translate the texts of the Buddha into Tibetan, thereby preserving the teachings. At the same time they had a large number of temple complexes built and ornamented to create unique artworks by master craftsmen from Kashmir. Until well into the 17th century Guge experienced two golden ages in which the West Tibetan artistic style was perfected in monasteries like Tholing, Tsaparang and Dungkar. Together with "TABO -- Gods of Light: The Indo-Tibetan Masterpiece" this volume represents a unique overall view of the monastery art of Western Tibet"--Publisher's website
ISBN:3777426687