the ART of Guge: a western Tibet kingdom
revision18 Mar 2001
I offer these photographs in homage and respect to the artists of Gu-ge,
those who supported them,
and the philosophy which gave them origin.
Images from Tholing and Tsaparang
|detail right wrist|
|detail right hand|
|detail left foot|
|detail knee drapes|
|detail left ankle|
|detail right stirrup|
|detail horses head|
|detail warrior's head|
|chain-mail links found in Tsaparang cave|
|monks at window|
|detail monks at window|
|jewel in the lotus|
|people on house ladder|
|apsara with staff|
|monk with incense burner|
|altar support figure|
|hand with wand|
|detail knee drapes|
|hills north of Tholing|
|distant view of the Sutlej gorges and the snows of the Indian Himalaya beyond|
|Tholing from the north|
|Tholing main street|
|Rinchen Zangpo chorten|
|Tholing river path looking east|
|Tholing river path looking west|
|Pala style chorten|
|approach to Tsaparang|
|the Tsaparang citadel|
|stairway to the Tsaparang citadel|
|Tsaparang citadel looking north|
|Tsaparang looking down|
|repairing statue hand (Khorchar gompa)|
Collecting the photos: I welcome comments, criticisms or corrections.
The images were collected during a two day visit to Tholing and Tsaparang by John and Diane McKinnon in September 1997. At that time permission to photograph the interiors fluctuated, seemingly dependent upon whim and avarice of the temple guardians.
We had no special equipment and limited time. The quality of the final results are more a reflection of the skill of those original artists than that of the photographer.
Because our note-taking was scanty I am not able to reliably attribute images to a particular temple other than to say that they were all taken in Tholing or Tsaparang.
Where images are details from an original photograph they are grouped together. Otherwise, they are in no particular order.
I welcome comments, criticisms or corrections.
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