Himalayan Art Resources

Region: Nepal, Mustang (Ritseling Cave)

Ritseling Cave | Mustang Main Page

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- Ritseling Description
- Iconographic Program
- Masterworks
- Confusions
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The Ritseling Cave is located in Upper Mustang on a peak West of the Konchog Ling Cave. Prior to the last few years it appears as though no one has entered the small cave complex in several hundred years. It has an assortment of murals with a large mandala close to the entrance along with several Buddha figures. Towards the back of the cave there is a mural depicting narrative scenes possibly of one of the occupants of the cave and his travels through Tibet and especially Lhasa. Various protector deities are found along with a stunning image - large in size - of the nine faced, eighteen armed Garuda. The only other image of this Garuda in a Buddhist context is found in Phyang Monastery, Ladakh, India. (Photos provided by (c) Nelli Rieuf).

Jeff Watt 5-2013