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Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938


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Contemporary Thangka: Buddha with Arhats
In this exceptionally well painted thangka, Shakyamuni Buddha sits on his throne with his right hand in the earth-touching mudra and his left hand holding a begging bowl. He is portrayed here surrounded by the sixteen arhats and various other attendants.

The dark brick colored background is a mixture of sand and pigment, causing the gold figures to appear floating in space. The thangka is unmounted and suitable for framing. Including the border it measures 18" by 23". The figures are 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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