A Thangka (scroll painting) is a unique Himalayan Art that reached Tibet between the 7th and 12th centuries. It originated in India, but Nepalese and Chinese styles have also influenced its development. A Thangka can serve as a reminder of the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, kindness, and wisdom. Thangkas of particular deities may be used for protection or to overcome obstacles.
Thangka paintings can take years to complete, involving mastery of many techniques. From canvas preparation and drawing of the subject to mixing and applying colors, decorating with gold or silver, and mounting the finished work in a brocade, a Thangka painting involves hight levels of skill and care at each stage and displays detail and artisanship.
Thangka usually depicts the life of the Buddha, Bodhisatvas, deities and various influential Tibetan lamas. The Tibetan Buddhist practitioner uses a Thanga image of their Yidam or meditation deity, as a guide. We have collection of Thangkhas from Nepal and India. They include Buddha Shakyamuni, Medicine Buddha, Awalokiteswara, Tara, Guru Padma Sambhava, Je Tsongkhapa, etc.