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Tibetan Vintage Thangka

Mandala Chinese Tibetan origins in hand-painted

Thangka in the shape of a mandala, Chinese-Tibetan origins

Period Early 1900sHeight 9.84 inWidth 8.66 in Categories , Tag


Thangka Paintings are a very much popular Tibetan paintings. A ‘Thangka‘ is also known asTanka‘ or ‘Tangka‘. In Tibet the word ‘thangmeans flat. Thangka Paintings are painted or embroidered with the Buddhist banner. The thangka painting’s look is complicated and is a composite three-dimensional object. Thangka is a beautiful wall-hanging that is being further decorated with gold, silk and wood.  Thangka paintings are visually very stimulating and usually used for various functions and which even depict the life of the Buddha. The most common shape in which a ThangkaPaintings is done is in the upright rectangular form.  The origin of the basic and the original Thangka painting is from the ancient Indian religious art. These paintings even today are heavenly drawn inspirations from Nepalese, Chinese and Kashmiri styles. Thangkas are very much flexible that can also be rolled and calledscroll-painting. A Thangka painting is an object which craves for devotion, spiritual practice, and is a harbinger of blessings. Thangkas exclusively comes in variety of styles, portraying the Buddha and other Hindu deities. It is believed that the hanging painting which brings blessings in the household and serves as a constant reminder of the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, kindness and wisdom.  Thangka Painting – Buddha Thangka paintings can have multiple functions. The images of deities can be used as teaching tools while preaching of Buddha. They can describe the various historical events in the life of the Lamas and narrate mythological stories. These paintings use devotional images which are the centerpiece in a ritual and prayers are offered to them. 

Technical Details

Materials Hand-painted open-work woodColor PolychromePeriod Early 1900sCreatore Tibetan artistOrigin Tibetan artConditions Excellent conditions, wear consistent with age and use
Height 9.84 inWidth 8.66 in

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