A Medicine Buddha Masterpiece
This is a large (110 x 90cm) and exceptional Thangka depicting Medicine Buddha in the centre surrounded by other buddhas. The monks and painters of the ancient school of a world renowned Great Master created it between 1980 and 1985.
Thangkas that originate from Tibet are either recent (since 1980) or before 1900. Anything in between is not from Tibet. More likely Nepal, Bhutan or India.
The work is fine and exquisite with rich details and gold paint. It features the Buddhas Amitabha, Shakyamuni and Amoghasiddhi in the background. Their respective colours of blue, green, red, white and yellow, which can be seen in the images, depict the five primordial elements underpinning the very existence of life.
This Medicine Buddha thangka looks stunning when hung on a wall or over an altar.
The making of such a beautiful thangka is a rich art. It requires the master artisan monk to have knowledge and craftsmanship gleaned from more than 40 years of experience to be able to craft such a work. Using precise ancient methods, the craftsmen paint the thangka onto a unique blend of cotton and linen. They then coat it to prevent deterioration. The dyes are of natural plant and mineral origin from the Himalayan foothills or in the region.
This artistic and sacred tradition of such thangkas has been transmitted orally through the centuries. Producing a thangka of this size today requires the work of at least 3 or 4 monks, while wearing full monastic robes, to mark the solemnity of the occasion and takes four or five weeks to complete.
Thangkas of this quality, endorsed by the Tibetan writing on its back, have become quite rare. They are a highly valued collectable as the painstaking art of its making is now restricted to only a few old master craftsman. There are newer schools of thangka painters which, like modern singing bowls, lack the essence that older pieces command.
All serious practitioners require at least one thangka of this quality. Older pieces like this are worth the investment and should last a lifetime.
Dimensions: 110 cm x 90 cm