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NAKO : Research and Conservation in the Western Himalayas

Author: Gabriela Krist
Publisher: Köln : Böhlau Verlag, [2016] ©2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The settlement of Nako, at 3,700 m altitude in Upper Kinnaur, North India, and close to the Tibetan border was once part of the Western Tibetan Purang-Guge Kingdom. Today it is a remarkable well preserved mountainous village with living Buddhist cultural heritage. Apart from its breath-taking cultural landscape setting embedded in the Himalayan mountains, it is important for its temple complex dating from the 12th  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriela Krist
ISBN: 9783205203674 3205203674
OCLC Number: 1013967609
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
CONTENT --
Preface --
1. NAKO VILLAGE – AN INTRODUCTION --
1.1. The Nako Monuments in Context --
1.2. Nako Village --
1.3. Architectural Palimpsests: Exploring Matters of Production, Inhabitation and Perception in the Vernacular Architecture of Nako --
1.4. Temple Architecture in the Western Himalayas and Nako --
2. NAKO GOMPA --
2.1. Fifteenth-Century Wall Paintings of Nako’s Religious Compound --
2.2. Diamond Spheres – The Keys for Omniscience --
2.3. Geometric Pattern and Proportional Frame --
2.4. For Merit and Meditation. Form and Meaning of Ceiling Paintings at Nako --
2.5 Representing Prajñāpāramitā in the Temples of Nako --
2.6. The Life of Buddha Śākyamuni on the Wooden Portal of the Karchung Lhakhang of Nako --
3. TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION --
3.1. Building Structure and Conservation of Roofs --
3.2. Learning from the Material – How Were the Temples Earthen Building Materials Made? --
3.3. Insights into the Painting Materials and Techniques of the Original Interior Decoration --
3.4. The Nako Gompa and its Conservation and Preservation --
4. Appendices --
OBITUARY – IN MEMORY OF FLORIAN FLICKER --
Problems are Possibilites
Responsibility: Gabriela Krist.
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The settlement of Nako, at 3,700 m altitude in Upper Kinnaur, North India, and close to the Tibetan border was once part of the Western Tibetan Purang-Guge Kingdom. Today it is a remarkable well preserved mountainous village with living Buddhist cultural heritage. Apart from its breath-taking cultural landscape setting embedded in the Himalayan mountains, it is important for its temple complex dating from the 12th century which is considered as an extraordinary testimony of early Tibetan Buddhism, not anymore preserved in Tibet today. In the footsteps of the famous Tibetologist Giuseppe Tucci, who explored the region in 1933, a group of scholars from various Austrian universities started a transdisciplinary long-term research project at Nako in the 1980s which led to the preservation and model-like conservation of its temples and artworks.

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