Guge--Ages of Gold
The West Tibetan Masterpieces
Distributed for Hirmer Publishers
To create Guge—Ages of Gold, photographer Peter van Ham gained access to Guge’s temple complexes and monasteries—many of which are no longer accessible to photographers—and 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 sites Van Ham photographed were 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’s two golden ages, when the formal and stylistic direction of Guge’s 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 it—and even fewer with Van Ham’s vision and technical skill. Guge—Ages of Gold seeks to preserve this rich artistic and cultural heritage.