Early West Tibetan Buddhist monuments : architecture, art, history and texts / Christian Jahoda & Christiane Kalantari (eds).

  • English
  • Tibetan
  • Vienna : Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, [2021]
  • ©2021
xv, 441 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), plans (some color) ; 25 x 30 cm, in slipcase 25 x 31 cm.


  • Denkschriften (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse) ; 534. Bd. [More in this series]
  • Veröffentlichungen zur Sozialanthropologie ; Bd. 29. [More in this series]
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse. Denkschriften ; 534. Band
  • Veröffentlichungen zur Sozialanthropologie ; Band 29
Summary note
This edited volume with 16 original contributions is devoted to early, 10th-13th-century Buddhist monuments of historical Western Tibet. The results are, on the one hand, based on in-depth interdisciplinary field studies in Ladakh, Spiti, Kinnaur, Tsamda und Purang (today partly on Chinese, partly on Indian territory), and on the other hand on the critical edition and analysis of hitherto unknown or inaccessible historiographical texts, including works by Guge Paita Drakpa Gyaltsen (1415-1486/98), which are dedicated partly to the foundation phase of the West Tibetan kingdom and to the royal monk Yeshe Ö (947-1019), the leading religio-political figure in Western Tibet in the 10th/11th century. Preceded by an outline of macro-historical developments in Western Tibet from the 7th to the 15th century, the studies focus on the archaeology, architecture, art history and foundation phase of the monastery of Nyarma (10th century) (Ladakh), in addition on stelae in Purang and Tsamda dating to the 9th and 10th centuries, newly discovered murals at Tabo monastery in Spiti, illuminated Prajñpramit MSS from Tabo and Pooh (in Upper Kinnaur), as well as wall-paintings and accompanying inscriptions in the Zhag cave temple (Tsamda) from the 13th century. This volume contributes significantly to the wider and deeper understanding of the religious, cultural, political and social developments of the entire West Tibetan language area, in particular during the formative phases of the West Tibetan kingdom from the 10th to the 13th centuries.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note
Original texts in Tibetan; critical matter in English.
  • Preface
  • Spelling and Transliteration Systems
  • Introduction
  • Roberto Vitali : Territory and Trends in Land Control : The Byang thang "Heartland" and the mNga' ris "Periphery"
  • Christian Jahoda and Christiane Kalantari : Power and Religion in Pre-Modern Western Tibet : The Monumental Avalokiteśvara Stela in ICog ro, Purang
  • Gu Ge Tshe Ring Rgyal Po : Brief Description of the Traditions Related to the "Translator's mchod rten" in Kyu wang, Western Tibet (translated and annotated by Christian Jahoda)
  • Christian Jahoda : Paṇḍita Grags pa rgyal mtshan's Chapter on the History of mNga' ris in Nyi ma'i rigs kyi rgyal rabs : Notes on the Author and the Content
  • Gu Ge Tshe Ring Rgyal Po : Relating the History of mNga' ris as Set Down in Writing in Paṇḍita Grags pa rgyal mtshan's Nyi ma'i rigs kyi rgyal rabs skye dgu'i cod paṇ nyi zla'i phreng mdzes : The Tibetan Text (with variant and corrected readings by Tsering Drongshar and Christian Jahoda)
  • Tsering Drongshar and Christian Jahoda : The Extended Biography of the Royal Lama Ye shes 'od by Paṇḍita Grags pa rgyal mtshan : The Tibetan Text
  • Christian Jahoda : Joseph Thsertan Gergan's Report on Nyarma, 1917
  • Quentin Devers : An Archaeological Account of Nyarma and its Surroundings, Ladakh
  • Hubert Feiglstorfer : The Architecture of the Buddhist Temple Complex of Nyarma
  • Christiane Kalantari : Note on the Spatial Iconography of the Nyarma gtsug tag khang in Context
  • Christian Jahoda : On the Foundation of the Nyarma gtsug lag khang, Ladakh
  • Christiane Kalantari : Hārītī and Pāñcika at Tabo : On the Metamorphosis of the Protective Couple in Early West Tibetan Buddhist Temples
  • Gu Ge Tshe Ring Rgyal Po : A Brief Analysis of the Reputed Passing Away of lha bla ma Ye shes 'od among the Gar log (translated and annotated by Christian Jahoda)
  • Eva Allinger and Christian Luczanits : A Vajradhātu maṇḍala in a Prajñāpāramitā Manuscript of Tabo Monastery
  • Christiane Kalantari : Shaping Space, Constructing Identity : The Illuminated Yum chen mo Manuscript at Pooh, Kinnaur
  • Gu Ge Tshe Ring Rgyal Po and Christiane Kalantari : Guge Kingdom-Period Murals in the Zhag Grotto in mNga' ris, Western Tibet
  • Index
  • List of Contributors.
  • 9783700187776 (half cloth in slipcase)
  • 3700187777 (half cloth in slipcase)
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  • 9783700187776
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