Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Buddhist Deity)

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This is the usual esoteric ensemble of the Bodhisattvas of compassion. Avalokitesvara, with eleven heads representing his main virtues, which are important to him in conquering the eleven wants, achieving Bodhi, the perfection of awakening, and assisting humans in achieving it. Avlokiteshvara is the most well-known of the Tibetan Bodhisattvas. His enlightenment shines through his radiant skin and the serene, stable gaze that emanates from his calming features. His multi-armed, eleven-headed figure represents his unlimited compassion, limitless wisdom, and ability to bestow many benefits on his worshippers at the same time. The heads are put on his crown, which has sustainable value. The three faces on the front are serene, signifying the 'three hidden treasures,' three faces on the left are wrathful, representing the 'three defenders' and three faces on the right are calm but displaying fangs, representing the 'three guardians.' Loftiest, Green Tara above Avlokiteshvara aids anyone seeking to cultivate inner spirituality, compassion, loving-kindness, and even emptiness. 

Item Code: TZ65
Specifications:
Tibetan Thangka Painting
Dimensions Size of Painted Surface 21.7 inch X 29.7 inch
Size with Brocade 32 inch X 47.5 inch
Handmade
Handmade
Free delivery
Free delivery
Fully insured
Fully insured
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
Fair trade
Fair trade

She is the female manifestation of Avalokitesvara, also known as the Buddha of Compassion. Beneath notice the tantric and wrathful deities Yellow Tara and Mahakala. Yellow Tara is illustrated in two hands as the Mahakala is depicted in two hands. He is on the left side in his blue skin, which signifies the eternal Dharmakaya. He has an enflamed beard and brows to symbolize his transforming power to transmute the five negatives into five pearls of wisdom. Attachment, aversion, ignorance, pride, and jealousy are the five skulls on his crown that symbolize these undesirable afflictions. Instead of his skull head necklace, Mahakala is wearing his rare golden jewellery. It's an exquisite thangka with motley motifs and clouds that look like a magnificent ballad of the celestial section. River and silver paisley motifs float through the clouds. It has beautiful shading with gleaming gold and murky black edge.

Unveiling the Divine Art: Journey into the Making of Thangkas

A Thangka is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist painting that usually depicts a Buddhist Deity (Buddha or Bodhisattva), a scene, or a mandala. These paintings are considered important paraphernalia in Buddhist rituals. They are used to teach the life of the Buddha, various lamas, and Bodhisattvas to the monastic students, and are also useful in visualizing the deity while meditating. One of the most important subjects of thangkas is the Bhavacakra (the wheel of life) which depicts the Art of Enlightenment. It is believed that Thangka paintings were developed over the centuries from the murals, of which only a few can be seen in the Ajanta caves in India and the Mogao caves in Gansu Province, Tibet. Thangkas are painted on cotton or silk applique and are usually small in size. The artist of these paintings is highly trained and has a proper understanding of Buddhist philosophy, knowledge, and background to create a realistic and bona fide painting.
The process of making a thangka begins with stitching a loosely woven cotton fabric onto a wooden frame. Traditionally, the canvas was prepared by coating it with gesso, chalk, and base pigment.
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After this, the outline of the form of the deity is sketched with a pencil or charcoal onto the canvas using iconographic grids. The drawing process is followed in accordance with strict guidelines laid out in Buddhist scriptures. The systematic grid helps the artist to make a geometrical and professional painting. When the drawing of the figures is finalized and adjusted, it is then outlined with black ink.
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Earlier, a special paint of different colors was made by mixing powdered forms of organic (vegetable) and mineral pigments in a water-soluble adhesive. Nowadays, artists use acrylic paints instead. The colors are now applied to the sketch using the wet and dry brush techniques. One of the characteristic features of a thangka is the use of vibrant colors such as red, blue, black, green, yellow, etc.
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In the final step, pure gold is coated over some parts of the thangka to increase its beauty. Due to this beautification, thangkas are much more expensive and also stand out from other ordinary paintings.
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Thangka paintings are generally kept unrolled when not on display on the wall. They also come with a frame, a silken cover in front, and a textile backing to protect the painting from getting damaged. Because Thangkas are delicate in nature, they are recommended to be kept in places with no excess moisture and where there is not much exposure to sunlight. This makes them last a long time without their colors fading away. Painting a thangka is an elaborate and complex process and requires excellent skills. A skilled artist can take up to 6 months to complete a detailed thangka painting. In earlier times, thangka painters were lamas that spent many years on Buddhist studies before they painted.
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