Guge Frescos in western Tibet
Guge frescos mainly refer to the frescos in the Red and White palaces of the ruins of Guge Kingdom (900-1630 A.D.) which were a grand ancient city with unique Tibetan architectures. The Guge frescos covering various aspects of religious disciples and laymen, such as plough, sowing, harvest, hunting and milking have remained vividly colored following the passage of more than 300 years. The key colours of these frescos are red, orange and yellow, together with big areas of rock black and rock green colors.
The aesthetic effect of Guge Frescos is close to that of the Dunhuang frescos: sublimity mixed with elegance, symmetry with harmony, feminity with masculinity, melancholy with heroism, and sublimity with romanticism. Compared with Donggar frescos that use direct colour stipples and batik-style painting (disambiguation), Guge frescos present a delicacy of brush strokes and a beauty of black ink framing that is like the free expressing of implication in the traditional Chinese painting. These frescos clearly present the pious religious feelings of the painters who are describing the Buddha in their hearts.