Photo of Avalokiteshvara Cave Painting, Mustang
Photo of an 12th century wall painting of Avalokiteshvara in a cave near Luri Gompa, Upper Mustang, Nepal.
This mural is in a cave near Luri Gompa, Upper Mustang, Nepal.
Amazingly, the Buddhist monks at Luri weren't aware of its existence only a mile away. We managed to find a guide in the local village who guided us up the riverside cliffs to a narrow path leading to a small complex of caves.
A break in the rock face led us into the small round cave dominated by a broken central stupa; pages of prayers from inside the stupa were scattered on the ground. The entire ceiling was painted in a graceful pattern of red and ochre with fine black lines; this painting was one of several around the walls of the cave.
A crack in wall of the cave has damaged the painting but adds to the beauty in reminding us of the impermanence of all things.
A guide to approx sizes
A3: paper size 42x29.7cm, image size 40x28cm
A2: paper size 59.4x42cm, image size 57x40cm
70x50cm paper size, image size 68x48cm