Buddhist Thangkas / Thankas ( paintings)

Visionary, Beautiful, unique and inspiring

Buddhist Thangkas ( Tibetan) or thankas ( Nepali) are very fine paintings on canvas often with gold leaf . There are many styles and forms of thanks of all the many Buddha figures and Buddhist deities, Buddhist gods and Buddhist goddesses. These can be small to life size. They are traditionally very present in Buddhist Gompas or monasteries as well as being used for individual Meditation and devotional practice. The Buddhist Vajrayana practitioner uses a thankga image of their yidam, or meditation deity, as a guide, by visualizing “themselves as being that deity,or before and in the presence of the figure thereby internalizing the Buddha qualities so that they become their own .


All Buddha Thankgas / thankas are mounted in a traditional brocade (the exact colours and textile pattern will vary from thangka to thangka) which is in proportion to the height of the painting it mounts (approximately 1.8 times the painting height).

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Thanka / Thangka painting developed in the northern Himalayan regions. Newari Thankas (Also known as Paubha) have been made in the Kathmandu valley from the 13th century onwards.

Brocade around a traditional thangka

For the sake of clarity, the brocade is not shown in the images of the paintings on sale. When on display the veil is drawn up by two sashes.
photo of thangka with cover down

Thangka with cover down

Often, when the painting is not featuring in a ritual, the veil is dropped as a matter of respect.
Thangka rolled up

Thangka rolled up

For transport and storage the thangka is rolled up with the veil and painting facing outwards.
close-up of detail of brocade

Detail of brocade

Each painting takes anything from one month to six months to complete.



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