Handpainted on silk or cotton, thangkas are traditional Tibetan Buddhist teaching, devotional, and meditation art. Each piece typically depicts a central deity, lama, bodhisattva or aspect of the life of Buddha surrounded by very elaborate scenes or many very small figures. They often come framed in a complementary colour of fabric with an additional cloth that can be drawn over the painting when not being used for meditation in order to preserve the exquisite piece of art.
(Image left from Wikipedia: Monk painting thangka in Llasa 1938
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