Thangka are excellent piece of Tibetan art works. The Thangka is of exceptional quality, hand-painted by Nepali and Tibetan artist. The word "Thanka" is believed to have come from the Tibetan word "thang yig" meaning a written record. Thangka is a Tibetan painting depicting various facts of Buddhism of mystic sect. Thangka is painted on silk or cotton fabrics using bright colors of many hues. Thangkas are used as wall -decorations. For, Lamas thangka is object of religious importance. It is an object of devotion, an aid to spiritual practice, and a bringer of blessings.
Thangka come in a huge variety of styles, depicting various subjects.Colorful thangka paintings are generally represent Buddhist and Hindu Gods, Goddesses, meditating Buddha and his life cycle, Wheel of Life, Mandala, Bhairab, Exotic pictures, etc. Two basic types of thanka paintings are generally available, Tibetan style and Newari style (Paubha) i.e. thangka each having its own fundamental style of painting A thangka may portray the Buddha or some other deity, or a concept in Tibetan cosmology, astrology or medicine. The iconography of the thangka is rich in information about the spiritual practice of Buddhists and the Tibetan world view. A thangka can help a meditator to learn and emulate the qualities of a particular deity, or to visualize his or her path towards enlightenment. Thangka can bring blessings on the household and serves as a constant reminder of the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, kindness and wisdom. Thangka of particular deities may be used for protection or to overcome difficulties such as sickness.
Thangka painting involves mastery of many demanding techniques: mastery in sketching the illustrations and numerous deities according to formal iconography rules laid down by generations of Tibetan masters; learning to grind and apply the paints, which are made from natural stone pigments; and learning to prepare and apply details in pure gold. From the canvas preparation and drawing of the subject, through to mixing and applying colours, decorating with gold, and mounting the finished work in brocade, the creation of a thangka painting involves skill and care at each stage and displays meticulous detail and exquisite artisanship.
A spiritual and religious expression as much as an art form, the process of learning to paint thangka is rigorous. In the first three years, students learn to sketch the Tibetan Buddhist deities using precise grids dictated by scripture.The two years following are devoted to the techniques of grinding and applying the mineral colours and pure gold used in the paintings. In the sixth year, students study in detail the religious texts and scriptures used for the subject matter of their work. To become an accomplished thangka painter, at least ten years training is required under the constant supervision of a master. After the training process, students still need five to ten years to become experts in thanka / thangka painting.
Thangka painting requires extended concentration, attention to detail, and knowledge of Buddhist philosophy, and must be carried out in a peaceful environment
We have wide collection of best Tibetan and Newari
style thankas / thangkas. Like: Buddha Life History Thangka, Buddha Mandala Thangka, Avai Lokiteshwor Mandala Thangka, Kalachakra Mandala Thangka, Wheel Of Life Thangka, White Tara Thangka, Green Tara Thanka..etc. We also accept special requests from clients.