A Thangka is a painted or embroidered 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.
"In its characteristic unique way, Buddhist thought divides the eventful life of its founder into twelve glorious "events." These defining incidents of his life are given visual form in densely packed sequences narrated in a special genre of paintings... These artworks not only delineate Buddha's gradual progress towards spiritual enlightenment, but also present a visual depiction of a vast number of abstract philosophical notions underlying esoteric Buddhism..."
"...there exists in Buddhism the concept of a rainbow body... the rainbow body signifies the awakening of the inner self to the complete reservoir of terrestrial knowledge that it is possible to access before stepping over the threshold to the state of Nirvana..."
Bengali Folk Painting on Paper Artist: Sahajan Chitrakar 22.5 inch Width X 8.0 inch Height
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar) Artist: Bachi Devi 20 inch x 28 inch
Tibetan Buddhist God Shakyamuni Buddha
Tibetan Thangka Painting Size of Painted Surface 15 inch X 19.3 inch Size with Brocade 25 inch X 35 inch
Lady with a Tray of Fruits
Oil Painting on Canvas 24 inch X 35 inch
Oil Painting on Canvas Artist: Anup Gomay 60 inch X 48 inch
Shri Krishna Lila Episodes
Water Color Painting on Patti Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)Artist: Rabi Behra 94 inch x 48 inch