Tibetan Buddhist Bodhisattva Manjushri

FREE Delivery
Only 1 available
$191.25
$255
(25% off)
Manjushri is known as the bodhisattva of wisdom. His most iconic attribute is his flaming sword, which he is said to wield to cut through ignorance, duality, and delusion then shed light through the darkness brought by worldly knowledge. This flame is also said to hold a transformative power to destroy ignorance and transform it into wisdom.

In this thangka, he is depicted with golden skin, also a sign of his enlightenment. Meanwhile, his left hand holds a stem of a lotus close to this chest. Zoom in on the lotus a scroll rests on top of it. This scroll is the Prajnaparamita sutra containing the perfection of wisdom. He is depicted as a young man, seating cross-legged on a lotus throne, and dressed in princely garb and accessories. All the deities are also seated on a lotus, which represents the purity of the lotus, which can thrive and remain unstained even on muddy waters. The backdrop of the thangka features repetitive patterns further highlighted Manjushri’s form and the other deities surrounding him. At the top left is the White Tara and on the top right is the Green Tara which both represent unending compassion (day and night). At the top center is Amitabha, Buddha of Eternal Light, in dhyana mudra. At the lower left is Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. And lastly, at the lower right is Yama, the god of death, holding a danda (stick) and a noose.

Delivery Ships in 1-3 days
Item Code: ZE64
Specifications:
Tibetan Thangka Painting
Dimensions Size of Painted Surface 17.5 inch X 23.5 inch
Size with Brocade 27 inch X 39.5 inch
Handmade
Handmade
Free delivery
Free delivery
Fully insured
Fully insured
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
Fair trade
Fair trade

Unveiling the Divine Art: Journey into the Making of Thangkas

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.
Add a review
Have A Question

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy