Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Buddha Thangka - CHINA

After Confucius, Buddha - today is really the day of enlightenment! This beautiful card came from China (the third today) and it shows a Tibetan Thangka with Vishvabhu Buddha, the third on of the seven past Buddha and the last one of the past thousand-solemn-buddha. Thank you very much Jing. This postcard took 22 days to arrive!

Vishvabhu Buddha Thangka - CHINA
 
A thangka (also known as tangka, thanka or tanka ) is a painting on silk with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort. The thankga is not a flat creation like an oil painting or acrylic painting but consists of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered over which a textile is mounted and then over which is laid a cover, usually silk. Generally, thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their lustre, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture won't affect the quality of the silk. It is sometimes called a scroll-painting.


 

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