Why Us?

The popularity of Thangka art has grown with time and its arrival on the internet has created a new medium for Thangka Art to propagate. Although we are new to the e-Gallery business we have progressed for more than 3 decades in Thangka Art and have always taken great pride in providing quality art to collectioners and devotees. Our long standing relationship with many of the great Thangka painters has allowed us to aquire a beautiful and unique collection of Mandalas, Paubas and Thangkas - which has gain notoriety in Asia, Europe and the Americas. We work with artists from various parts of the Himalayas.

History of Scroll Painting

The literal translation of the Tibetan word THANG KA means 'recorded message'. Thangkas communicate a message to the practitioner, serving as an aid to teaching and as an aid to meditation through the visualisation of the deity. It is a medium through which the Buddhist philosophy can be explained. Originally lamas and monks used scroll paintings to instruct the Buddhist Dharma (teachings). These paintings were easily transported and unrolled to suit the needs of the mainly nomadic population. The lama would go to a village, unroll a thangka and use it to illustrate their tales on buddhist philosophywhen narrating before an audience. Thangkas also have public ceremonial uses. Up until today some monasteries possess huge (usually appliqué) thangkas that are unrolled on certain holidays for viewing and worship, as you see on the picture on the right. On a deeper level thangka paintings are the visual expression of the fully awakened state of enlightenment, this being the ultimate goal of the Buddhist spiritual path. That's why a thangka is sometimes called 'the roadmap to enlightenment'. To sketch the figures in a thangka the painter needs an exact knowledge ofthe measurements and proportions of each deity as established by Buddhist iconography and artistic practice. Thangka, when created properly, perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life (or lives) of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests. Overall, and perhaps most importantly, religious art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment.

Thangka Art Today

Creating a truly beautiful Thangka is a lengthy process that requires skill, patience and knowledge. Thangkas are first and foremost depictions of the divine that offer a insight into the divine perfection. The modern Thangka has sadly become an industry, with cheap reproductions slowly becoming the norm. While many sites and galleries will proudly say they produce original Thangkas, the truth is that very few of the Thangkas they sell can be considered original. An original Thangka being a Thangka that respects the iconographic rules and is painted with some degree of religious know-how. We garantee that our Paubas and Thangkas respect the know-how of many of the great masters.

We have wholesale option if you want any Thangka Painting in bulk and we also take your design if you have any. Please Contact us if you want thangka in bulk for wholesale price at admin@luckythanka.com