Fine Art - Thangka Paintings

by Gary October. 26, 2007 3555 views

A “Thangka,” also known as “Tangka” or “Thanka” (Pronunciation: tänkä ) (Tibetan: ཐ????, Nepal Bhasa:प?भा) is a painted or embroidered Buddhist banner which was hung in a monastery or a family altar and carried by lamas in ceremonial processions. In Tibetan the word ‘than’ means flat and the suffix ‘ka’ stands for painting. The Thangka is thus a kind of painting done on flat surface but which can be rolled up when not required for display, sometimes called a scroll-painting. The most common shape of a Thangka is the upright rectangular form.

Originally, thangka painting became popular among traveling monks because the scroll paintings were easily rolled and transported from monastery to monastery. These thangka served as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and Bodhisattva. One popular subject is The Wheel of Life, which is a visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment).

While regarded by some as colorful wall hangings, to Buddhists, these Tibetan religious paintings offer a beauty, believed to be a manifestation of the divine, and are thus visually stimulating.

Thangka, when created properly, perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life (or lives) of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests. Overall, and perhaps most importantly, religious art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment. The Buddhist Vajrayana practitioner uses the image as a guide, by visualizing ??themselves as being that deity, thereby internalizing the Buddha qualities (Lipton, Ragnubs).?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thangka [en.wikipedia.org]

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Anna Hristova 9 years, 3 months ago

Wow,wow,woow....such a great gift!!

9 years, 3 months ago Edited
Gagmaba 9 years, 6 months ago

Very nice and colorful set :)))

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jendayee 9 years, 6 months ago

Thank you !!!! wonderful set !

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tom 9 years, 7 months ago

Real interesting

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Shengli Chen 9 years, 7 months ago

这是你在尼泊尔看到的?他们也画这些??

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
K C Ng 9 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful colours:))

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sandra 9 years, 7 months ago

great pics esp 1 and 2...

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Bhim 9 years, 7 months ago

great frames with details. thanks

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jan 9 years, 7 months ago

Who needs national Geograhic, we have Gary!
Thanks for the extra info.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Paul Graham 9 years, 7 months ago

amazing captures stunning colours

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Rachel 9 years, 7 months ago

一个字, "靓".
你知道的东西真多啊. :D

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Monika 9 years, 7 months ago

Hey, did National Geographic call you yet? You would make a great job for them... These are amazing! So perfect details and so much patience...

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ayahaye 9 years, 7 months ago

Such beautiful & great colours...This is awesome gary...

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
K 9 years, 7 months ago

They work beautifully, great job!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Peter 9 years, 7 months ago

These really capture the art of thangka painting and the beauty of the thangkas themselves. Great work!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ursula 9 years, 7 months ago

my fav #2 because it suits my bedroom on the wall:)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lisa 9 years, 7 months ago

These are gorgeous. #1 and #2 are my favorites.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Emmeline Tan 9 years, 7 months ago

paint with love =)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Abe Jackson 9 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for sharing this.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lisette 9 years, 7 months ago

Good work... autant du sien que du tien.
Very nice shots.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jacki 9 years, 7 months ago

I especially like #1 & #2.... nice shots!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
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