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Fine Tibetan Thangka Paintings

A traditional Tibetan religious painting is called a thangka, meaning rolled-up image.

Thangkas are painted in opaque watercolor on cotton fabric and often are mounted in elaborate brocades. They are more than simply two-dimensional images, literally and symbolically. Most thangkas are unsigned and undated and thus difficult to place in a precise context. These religious paintings were commissioned for both spiritual and mundane matters, perhabs dedicated to a sick person, or to remove spiritual or physical obstacles to a particular end, or to help a deceased person receive a happier rebirth. Tibetan thangkas exhibit a variety of styles and an almost bewildering array of deities reflecting developments of the Vajrayana form of Buddhism, which, although it originated in India, developed in Tibet in distinct ways.

Original antique thangka paintings, see info/techniques

THANGKA.01

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THANGKA.04

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THANGKA.05

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THANGKA.09

THANGKA.07

Image colors on screen may not match colors of original