Nils Martin F'17
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies 2017
École Pratique des Hautes Études
Drigung Kagyu Murals in Ladakh (13th to mid-15th century): Patrons and Painters
The main aim of the dissertation is to determine the dates and the circumstances surrounding the establishment, development, and decline of the Drigung Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism in the northwest Indian region of Ladakh during the 13th-15th centuries. The research for the dissertation is based on the multidisciplinary study of murals and inscriptions located in 30 religious monuments in this region, which represents the western-most extent of Tibetan Buddhist civilization. It aims to highlight the specific features of Drigung painting in Ladakh with respect to both iconography and style, and to address key patterns of Buddhist patronage, such as the motivations of the donors and the actual process of wall painting by workshops and master-painters.