Ruined temple, Boniar (Kashmir). 19 May 1876
Artist: Cramer-Roberts, Charles J. (1834-1895)
Water-colour painting of a ruined temple at Boniar in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir by Charles J. Cramer-Roberts (1834-1895), 19 May 1876. Inscribed on the front in water-colour is: 'Boniar. Kashmir. May 19. 1876. C.J.C.R.'
Ladakh literally means ‘many passes’, it is one of the most elevated regions on earth, comprising the West Himalayas, Karakoram Range and the valley of the upper Indus River. The scenery of Ladakh is characterised by snow-capped mountains, remote villages, 'gompas' (Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries) perched on soaring hilltops, ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls and secluded valleys. The region is allied ethnologically and geographically with the Tibet region of China and has a predominantly Lamaist Buddhist population.