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Rutog Rock Painting

Update: Mar. 11th, 2013

Rutog Rock Painting

Rutog Rock Painting – Brief Introduction

The rock painting is kind of stone carving culture. The rock painting in Rutog is the most representative in Tibet. In the area of Rutog, there are over ten sites of rock paining with large scale, large number and high artistic value in Rimudong, Luri Langka, Alonggou, Kangba Rejie and other districts. These rock paintings were carved and chiseled with sharp objects on rock. The lines of rock painting are simple and unsophisticated, and the images are vivid, and the color is simple and bright. The content of these rock paintings mainly express scenes of ancient social life on plateau, such as hunting, religious sacrifice, shooting on horse back, pasture, farming, dances, war, etc. Rutog Rock Painting mainly distributes on south side and the area of 200 or 300 square kilometers of east side of Pangongtso Lake. The place where you can find rock painting is near the Xinjiang-Tibet Highway in Rutog. Consequently, if you are interested in Tibetan culture and Tibet history, it is a good opportunity for you to know more about Tibet through these valuable rock paintings when you have Ngari tour.

Rutog Rock Painting – Value

The content of Rutog Rock Painting is various, mainly focusing on hunting, pasturing, battle, animals, instruments, natural things, etc. Among Rutog Rock Painting, animals include tiger, deer, sheep, wild pig, dog, water bird, eagle, etc. Figures include hunter, warrior, herds and other gods with human and animal characteristics. Weapon includes bow and arrow, crossbow, sword, etc. Natural things include the sun, the moon and plants. The above-mentioned rock paintings mainly are works in early Metal Age. These works truthfully reflected the vivid scene of production and livelihood of ancient nomads in the area of Pangongtso Lake. Ancient nomads were living on nature. They changed nature and took advantage of nature to create their beautiful life. Although lines of these rock paintings are coarse, and postures of these images are stiff, the simple and unsophisticated style can cause visitors' feelings of ancient culture when see these rock paintings.

Rutog Rock Painting provides precious materials for researching Tibetan ancient history, religion, art, folk custom and other aspects. These simple and unsophisticated paintings recoded the economical life, social activities and religious belief of ancient Xiangxiong Nationality and left the distinctive paintings which were created based on the understanding to natural phenomenon of the painter. Among these rock paintings, there was no lack of original aesthetic standards and singular imagination. Some people said that rock paintings are vivid historical records on stone which was recorded by ancient people. There is no exaggeration about that. These rock paintings are with high reference value for researching Tibetan history of nationality, ethnology, folk custom, history of original religion, ancient ecology, ancient transportation and ancient art, etc. When enjoy Rutog Rock Painting in Ngari tour, your not only can appreciate its high art value, but also can see the vivid life of ancient people in Xiangxiong Kingdom. So, how could you miss it in your Ngari tour?

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