What is Thangka?

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Thangka, or Thang-ga, means a form of silk-mounted scroll painting of Tibet. Thangka is an unique art form of the Tibetan culture that takes subjects mainly in religion, and yet also in politics, history, and daily life of the Tibetan culture.

Thangka uses bright tones to portrait the Six Realms and Buddha, Devas, Asuras and other beings within; in term of pigments, Thangka uses precious minerals such as gold, silver, pearl, agate,
tophus, cinnabar and plants like saffron, indigo, and rhubarb, and these valuable materials are used to pay respect to the contents of the paintings.

the making of each Thangka is extremely complex and the process is strictly conducted according to scripts and instructions of the senior mentors. Moreover, a pre-painting ceremony is required for every Thangka and a blessing ceremony is also done after a Thangka is finished . creating a Thangka is a time-taking project, and the making of it can takeas long as a ten years.