Superfine Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara (Super Large Chenrezig) - Tibetan Buddhist Brocadeless Thangka

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Avalokiteshvara, also known by the Tibetan name Chenrezig, sits in vajra position upon a white moon disc and multi-coloured lotus that emerges from a lake in the centre of this composition. The 'Lord of the Padma or Lotus Family,' Avalokiteshvara, represents the transformation of desire into compassion. He is pure and wears the thirteen silk and gem bodhisattva decorations. He holds a wish-granting stone in his first pair of hands, palms clasped in front of his heart. He holds a crystal rosary and the stem of an immaculate blue lotus that grows at the level of his ear in his second pair of right and left hands. The 'four immeasurable' of compassion, love, sympathetic delight and perfect equanimity are represented by his four hands.

In this polychrome thangka, Manjushri and Vajrapani are sitting below Avalokiteshvara. Together they are known as the 'Lords of the Three Families,' embodying the Buddha's enlightened characteristics of wisdom, compassion, and might. Manjushri is known as the "Lord of the Tathagata or Buddha Family," a title that denotes the transition of ignorance into knowledge or discriminating awareness. Vajrapani is the 'Lord of the Vajra Family,' which emphasises the turning of aversion or fury into spiritual power. He takes terrifying forms to fight demons and defend Buddhism's esoteric teachings.


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Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Painting
Dimensions Size - 30 inches X 40.5 inches
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How are Thangkas made?

A Thangka is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist painting that usually depicts a Buddhist Deity (Buddha or Bodhisattva), a scene, or a mandala. These paintings are considered important paraphernalia in Buddhist rituals. They are used to teach the life of the Buddha, various lamas, and Bodhisattvas to the monastic students, and are also useful in visualizing the deity while meditating. One of the most important subjects of thangkas is the Bhavacakra (the wheel of life) which depicts the Art of Enlightenment. It is believed that Thangka paintings were developed over the centuries from the murals, of which only a few can be seen in the Ajanta caves in India and the Mogao caves in Gansu Province, Tibet.

Thangkas are painted on cotton or silk applique and are usually small in size. The artist of these paintings is highly trained and has a proper understanding of Buddhist philosophy, knowledge, and background to create a realistic and bona fide painting.
The process of making a thangka begins with stitching a loosely woven cotton fabric onto a wooden frame. Traditionally, the canvas was prepared by coating it with gesso, chalk, and base pigment. Image
After this, the outline of the form of the deity is sketched with a pencil or charcoal onto the canvas using iconographic grids. The drawing process is followed in accordance with strict guidelines laid out in Buddhist scriptures. The systematic grid helps the artist to make a geometrical and professional painting. When the drawing of the figures is finalized and adjusted, it is then outlined with black ink. Image
Earlier, a special paint of different colors was made by mixing powdered forms of organic (vegetable) and mineral pigments in a water-soluble adhesive. Nowadays, artists use acrylic paints instead. The colors are now applied to the sketch using the wet and dry brush techniques. One of the characteristic features of a thangka is the use of vibrant colors such as red, blue, black, green, yellow, etc. Image
In the final step, pure gold is coated over some parts of the thangka to increase its beauty. Due to this beautification, thangkas are much more expensive and also stand out from other ordinary paintings. Image
Thangka paintings are generally kept unrolled when not on display on the wall. They also come with a frame, a silken cover in front, and a textile backing to protect the painting from getting damaged. Because Thangkas are delicate in nature, they are recommended to be kept in places with no excess moisture and where there is not much exposure to sunlight. This makes them last a long time without their colors fading away. Painting a thangka is an elaborate and complex process and requires excellent skills. A skilled artist can take up to 6 months to complete a detailed thangka painting. In earlier times, thangka painters were lamas that spent many years on Buddhist studies before they painted.
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