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Thangka artworks in Barkhor Street

  • Source : VTIBET.com Author : Tenzin Woebom Time : 12/22/2017 Editor : Tenzin Woebom

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    An artist makes thangka painting in a thangka shop near Barkhor Street of Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet. Currently, traditional thangka art has gradually embarked on the road of industrialization with the rise of craze for Tibetan thangka. According to statistic, there are more than 2,000 professional thangka painters in Tibet producing thousands of excellent thangka works annually. [Photo/Xinhua]

     

    Thangkas are composite objects produced by painters and tailors with differing intents, skills and training. Iconographic specifications, regional and doctrinal differences in style, changes in form from harsh treatment and altered mountings all complicate the issue.

     

    As with the majority of Buddhist art, the methods used are 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 a variety of pre-designed items to include in the composition. The process seems very methodical and "easy", but requires deep understanding of the symbolism involved to capture the true spirit of the motif that is to be painted.

     

    Thangkas 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.

     

     

    An artist makes thangka painting in a thangka shop near Barkhor Street of Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet. Currently, traditional thangka art has gradually embarked on the road of industrialization with the rise of craze for Tibetan thangka. According to statistic, there are more than 2,000 professional thangka painters in Tibet producing thousands of excellent thangka works annually. [Photo/Xinhua]

     

     

    An artist makes thangka painting in a thangka shop near Barkhor Street of Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet. Currently, traditional thangka art has gradually embarked on the road of industrialization with the rise of craze for Tibetan thangka. According to statistic, there are more than 2,000 professional thangka painters in Tibet producing thousands of excellent thangka works annually. [Photo/Xinhua]

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