Nepalese Gold Brocade Mandala Thangka

This ornate mandala – which means 'circle' – painted on canvas and mounted on rich gold brocade, is a spiritual symbol in Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a centre point. The term is of Hindu origin as it originally appears in the Rig Veda. Mandalas may be employed for focusing attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation. In common use a mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

As is the case with this, a thangka is a painting on silk with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort. The thangka is not a flat creation like a 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 made of silk. A thangka is sometimes called a scroll-painting. Generally, thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their sheen, but they need to be kept in a dry environment where moisture won't affect the quality of the silk. A beautiful addition to any sort of décor.

Country of Origin: Nepal

Size: Length 67cm x base width 70cm

Product Code: A66-001

Price: Rs14,000

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