A team of art experts are restoring some of the works in an old temple in north-eastern Nepal. Foreigners have been permitted to enter Mustang only since 1992, and the team began work nine years ago, restoring the spectacular wall paintings in a 15th century Tibetan monastery. A shepherd told them that he had seen other paintings in a cave when he was a child sheltering from rain. He led them to the cave, where they found a 12th-century mural with fifty-five panels depicting the life of Buddha. Other paintings were more recent, and there were inscriptions in Tibetan as well. The researchers photographed everything. They will translate the text and hope to return next year.
If you happen to be in Toronto, try to visit the Royal Ontario Museum’s Bishop White Gallery of Chinese Temple Art.