Sacred Thangkas

& Kalagas

TIBETAN THANGKAS

Traditionally, Thangkas or Scroll paintings, were painted by monks. On market days and at celebrations, in villages and pilgrimage sites, traveling monks and lamas unrolled Thangkas and told stories about saints and deities as they pointed out elements in the painted oil cloth. For protection, pilgrims and travelers would take a rolled up thangka along on their perilous journeys.  Both uses are still in practice, but to a lesser degree than years ago.

Thangkas function as a religious aid in ritual actions and as a help to meditation.  Thangkas are also commissioned for their protective and positive force they radiate when there is illness, death or other life obstacles.

Composition is usually symmetrical with the main figure in the middle and less important deities on the sides. Hierarchy is central to the ordering of appearance of supreme teachers at the top and in decreasing order of importance: Yidams, bodhisattvas, dakinis, and lesser deities.  There is also a hierarchy of size in the Tibetan pantheon. Thangkas are seldom signed as they are not considered "art"...as they are used as an aid in spiritual practice. These Thangkas are "signed" on the back, however with symbols not names .Some of these symbols are  an endless knot, a stupa, a yin yang.

The following selection of Tibetan Thangkas are  rather rare and very fine paintings.  They are approxiamtely 50- 100 years old. The gold paint is 24 K gold.

My Religion is Very Simple. My Religion is Kindness....Dalai Lama

Nepalese Thangkas

 These following Thangkas are paintings from Nepal...framed in rich textured silk brocades, each with a layer of silk that folds down to protect the paintings from the eyes of the uninitiated when not in use.  The gold paint  is the 24 K gold.

When you go to the product page of each Thangka you will find detailed information on each one.

Chintimani Mahakala:18

The Jewel of Abundance

Avolokiteshvara: Boundless Compassion

Wheel of Life:Sakumundi Buddha

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