SUMMARY Guge--Ages of Gold: The West Tibetan Masterpieces
D access to Guges temple complexes and monasteriesmany of which are no longer accessible to photographersand shows for the first time the art and artifacts that have survived to the present day from both the Indian and the Tibetan sides of Guge and spanning the entire time period Among the sitesdocumented are the monasteries Tholing Tsaparang and Dungkar in addition to Serkhang the Golden Temple which contains many beautiful murals completed in the sixteenth century during the second of Guge.
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Guge was a great Buddhist kingdom in Western Tibet Today only ruins remain of the once splendid civilization but over seven hundred years its rulers were passionate patrons of the arts who commissioned vast temple complexes richly ornamented and filled with art and furniture by Kashmiri master craftsmen The grand spacious temples of Guge are all thecaptivating because of the kingdoms sudden mysterious disappearance To create GugeAges of Gold photographer Peter van Ham and collaborators gaine.
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S two golden ages when the formal and stylistic direction of Guges art became characterized by a blend of Kashmiri traditions and Nepalese and Chinese influences A concise text accompanies the images bringing in the latest research on Guge and the art and culture of western Tibet Guge is a wonder of the world yet few photographers have had the opportunity to capture itand even fewer with such vision and technical skill GugeAges of Gold seeks to preserve this rich artistic and cultural herita.