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Newly Discovered Early Buddhist Grottos In Western Tibet

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This chapter is a preliminary introduction and analysis of the data from Byang rtse Mkhar phug, an early Buddhist site of the Glang chen gtsang po basin near the village called Byang. There were no inscriptions found at Mkhar phug, but from analysing the composition, art style, and other characteristics of the Buddhist wall paintings, the chapter provisionally categorises it as a grotto built during the early Gu ge Kingdom (10th–13th century). The chapter examine this attribution from various angles. It shows examples of wall paintings from this period throughout greater west Tibet including those of Tabo and Alci as well as a number of caves throughout Rtsa mda’ county.

Keywords: Buddhist Grottos; Byang rtse Mkhar phug; Dung dkar Buddhist cave sites; Gu ge Kingdom; Phyi dbang cave sites; Western Tibet



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