Tibeten Paintings: Thangka

Monday, January 21, 2008

A thangka is a complicated, composite three-dimensional object consisting of: a picture panel which is painted or embroidered, a textile mounting; and one or more of the following: a silk cover, leather corners, wooden dowels at the top and bottom and metal or wooden decorative knobs on the bottom dowel.

Our Group bought most of our Thangkas from a big Thangka shop which occupy 2 double storey shoplots. There are also a school teaching local and foreigner the art of painting Thangka. It is called Boudha Stupa Thanka Centre and it is located right circle (East) of Boudanath Stupa.

The price of a Thangkas depnd very much on the artists and also the quality of the Thangka. Below is a picture showing a expert Tibeten artist painting a Mandala Thangka. It will take him 2 months to complete one. The price of this piece of art could be easily USD2k and above.

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This shop is a family operated business and the boss is a young man who is very friendly and showing us his showroom upstair. The pricing at this shop is reasonable and negotiable.
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The paint used for painting Thangka are not normal paint but the paint obtain from the mountain in the form of rocks and turn into paints.
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Some of the Thangkas on display at the showroom.
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Green Tara Thangka
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Wheel of Life Thangka
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