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Contemporary Gold Thangka: Chenrezi in Landscape

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Contemporary Gold Thangka: Chenrezi in Landscape
The Dalai Lama of Tibet is considered to be an incarnation of this form of Avalokitesvara. Called Chenrezi in Tibetan, he is the bodhisattva of compassion. He is the patron deity of Tibet and his practice was introduced into Tibet in the seventh century. He holds a wish-fulfilling jewel in two of his arms and Buddhist prayer beads in his other right hand and the flower of a lotus in his left. He is framed by a steep tree-covered hill behind and a landscape of lower hills in the foreground. Four attendants flank is left and his right, and two dragons with Bodhisattvas float in the sky.

This thangka is unmounted and suitable for framing. Including the border it measures 16" by 22". This thangka is part of a series of meticulously rendered thangkas painted largely in 24-caret gold paint with additional muted colors. The gold has been burnished until it shines, producing a striking effect when the thangka is view first hand.

As our name implies, Himalayan Antiques specializes in dealing in antiques from the region, but in the course of our annual buying trips we have become friendly with one of the leading dealers in Kathmandu of new thangka paintings. This family employs a number of the most skillful artists in the field, and we always purchase several new thangkas just to meet the needs of customers.

This year we looked over hundreds of thangkas to make our selection of just a few dozen. The range of qualities is extensive. The best thangka painters work almost exclusively on consignment and the are often booked years in advance. The least talented painters churn out large numbers of small and simple thangkas to be sold to tourists for a few dollars each. In between these extremes is a wide range of qualities and levels of artistry. Better artists are usually given larger canvases with more detailed and complex designs and are allowed more of the costly 24k gold to work with. Their works can cost well over a thousand dollars and take over a year to produce.

We were very taken with this style of thangka painting and have a wide range of deities in similar size, style, and price range. Please send us an inquiry for a complete list.

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