Thangkas, scroll paintings mounted with colored silk, bearing distinct ethnic, regional and artistic features, are often valued as treasures and honored as “Encyclopedia of Tibet”.
Their origin needs further research, but given the painting history ofTibet, it can be dated back to the Neolithic Age of 5000 years ago. In the 7th century, wall paintings could no longer meet the vigorous development of Buddhist culture and thangkas, easy to hang on and carry, emerged when Songtsen Gampo unifiedTibet, promoted Buddhism, built many temples, and strengthen the political, economic and cultural communication with its neighboring areas and nations. Thangkas are rich in varieties and textures; most of them were paintings in the first place and gradually developed into as diverse forms as Chinese silk tapestry, brocade, appliqué, and embroidery, resulting from the technical progress and material innovation.
Thangkas have wide applications in Tibetan society; disciples worship thangkas for their belief or commemoration; in temples they are solemn and holy, and there are disciples in each sanctuary and monk residence.
As the valuable human cultural heritage, thangkas are significant material for people to study the history, religion, culture, painting, craftsmanship, and science ofTibet.
Graded Objects: 42 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 31 Jul 2016--31 Jul 2017