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Ngawang Jigme: inheritor of craftsmanship on Xizang mineral pigments

By Source:xzxw.com 2022年08月12日 09:51

Photo shows the mineral pigments and the ore. 

Photo shows the navy blue used in making the Thangka. 

Photo shows Ngawang Jigme (L) introducing Thangka and its mineral pigments at the Lhasa Summit of 2022 Global Digital Economy Meeting. 

Photo shows Ngawang Jigme (L) introducing Thangka and its mineral pigments at the Lhasa Summit of 2022 Global Digital Economy Meeting. 

Nagwang Jigme, born in Lhasa City, has been obsessed with the mineral pigments of Thangka since he was a teenager. After the resumption of college entrance exam, also known as Gaokao, in 1977, Nagwang Jigme went to Tibet University. He studied the physics at the beginning and applied for the Art Department.

After graduation, Nagwang Jigme chose to be a teacher at Tibet University. Thanks to the efforts of Nagwang Jigme and his friend --- Tenpai Rabten, a research group on the craftsmanship of Xizang mineral pigments was established at Tibet University. Now, the craftsmanship of Xizang mineral pigments was placed on the list of national intangible cultural heritage.

"I will research more colors if I have enough time and energy," said Nagwang Jigme. He is still engaged in the Thangka mineral pigments after retirement.

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