Thangkas when meditated upon helps us in achieving higher states ofawareness and hence reaching enlightenment.
Maitreya thangkas is a endeavor started by me,Niharika Suri for my love of thangka art.I’ve sourced the thangkas from different parts of North India and made it accessible for display and purchase at my gallery.Each thangka painting is unique and so beautifully painted that it is not just used as an adornment for your wall but also purifies the environment of the place where it’s placed…a must have for everyone!Come see the collection of the most unique,rare and original thangkas at my studio..
Display gallery at 85,Navjivan vihar
Opp geetanjali enclave, Shivalik road
For appointments call Niharika Suri on 9810221107
What is Thangka ?
A thangka is a painting on silk either embroidery or special colours used from precious stones.These usually depict a Buddhist deity,scene or mandala.They serve as important teaching tools,depicting the life of the Buddha,various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas.
Thangkas perform special different functions.images of dieties can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life of the Buddha,describing historical events,concerning important lamas.Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests.This religious art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path of enlightenment.
History of Thangka
Thangka is a Nepalese art form exported to Tibet after Princess Bhrikuti of nepal,daughter of King Lichchavi married Songstan Gampo,the ruler of Tibet,he imported the images of Aryavalokiteshvara and other Nepalese deities to Tibet.History of thangka paintings in Nepal began in the 11th C A.D when Buddhists and Hindus began to make illustration of the deities and natural scenes.Thangkas are painted on cotton or silk.The paint consists of pigments in a water soluble medium.Both mineral and organic pigments are used tempered with a herb and glue solution.
The composition of a thangka as with the majority of Buddhist art,is highly geometric.Arms,legs,eyes,nostrils,ears and various ritual implements are all laid out on a systematic grid of angles and intersecting lines.A skilled thangka artist will generally select from a variety of predesigned items to include in the composition,ranging from alm bowls and animals to the shape,size and angle os a figure’s eyes,nose and lips.The process seems very methodical,but often requires deep understanding of the symbolism involved to capture the spirit of it.
Thangka often overflow with symbolism and allusion.Because the art is explicitly religious,all symbols and allusions must be in accordance with strict guidelines laid out in Buddhist scripture.The artist must be properly trained and have sufficient religious understanding,knowledge and background to create an accurate and appropriate thangka.