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What is a Tangka and a Mandala?

Tangkas, also spelled Thangka, are paintings used for teaching and meditation. The term tangka is a Tibetan term that means 'something that can be rolled up.' Historically very few Tibetans learned to read and write, including monks; the tangka served as a pictorial lesson that the observer could remember the lessons by association with painted icons rather than the printed script. In a very true sense tangkas are pictoral books with just one page and lots of information. Tangkas further allow for meditation; by seeing and concentrating on the figures painted on the tangka, the practitioner strives for liberation or enlightenment through beholding. Additionally tangkas are said to radiate a positive force relative to the figure contain there on.

Mandalas are symbolic representations of several different cosmic energies. They are seen by some as a two dimensional representation of the Stupa. They have a central point that is the seat of a deity or the deity itself. Out from the deity seat are gates, or cardinal directions that are elements represented by color. These gates many times lead to stupas and a number of symbols. Surround this are 3 or 4 rings, depending upon the type of deity, a wrathful deity will have the ring of sacred burial sites to make the 4th ring.

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TEMPLE ART ~~ Tangkas and Mandalas are below the temple art  

The followiong are jiantang or temple wall paintings on cloth. Since they were on cloth the Tibetans of Senge were able to remove them from the various temples in March of 1958 just prior to the brutal killings of the monks and general populace which coincided with the complete destruction of the various temples and halls of both the Upper and Lower Senge Monasteries. Unfortunately the Chinese authorities for years made it a point of "borrowing" the surviving art work, ostensibly to display in museums, only to never disclose which museum they were in and have never returned a single piece. These surviving pieces of Buddhist art were removed from Tibet in 2006 for their safe keeping and to assure that the monasteries would be adequately compensated for their heritage art work.

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Tibetan Buddhist temple walll hanging of Ratnasambhava circa 1400 AD

Ratnasambhava
Overall dimensions: H=56" x W=40"
Materials: canvas with kaolin, mineral pigments and 24kt gold
Age: Circa 1400 AD
Price $12,000

Tibetan Buddhist temple wall hanging -Four-Armed Shadakshari Lokeshvara
Four-Armed Shadakshari Lokeshvara
(Avalokiteshvara)
Age: circa 1800
Materials: canvas with kaolin, kyungbur, mineral pigments and 24kt gold
H=54" x W=41"
Price $9300
Tibetan Buddhist temple wall hanging of Guhyasamaja and consort on cotton from Senge AKA wutun Monastery
Guhyasamaja "The King of Tantras"
Age: circa 1400
material: mineral pigments over kaolin on cotton canvas
dimensions: H=60.5" x W=42
Price $15,000
Tibetan Buddhist temple wall hanging of Vajrakumara and consort painted on cotton circa 1890

Vajrakumara
Age: 1885-1890
material: mineral pigments over kaolin on cloth canvas
Dimensions: H=55' x W=46"
Price $8800

   

 


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Shasrabhuja Lokeshvara AKA Avalokiteshvara 1000 arms 11 heads tangka from Tibet painting

Sahasrabhuja Lokeshvara
1000 Arm ~ 11 Head Avalokiteshvara

Comes with brocaide border
Circa 1990
Sold shipped to Oak Park IL

Paramasukha~Chakrasamvara Mother father tangka from Tibetan monastery

Paramasukha~Chakrasamvra Mother father

Circa early 1900s
Price $350.00
SOLD SHIPPED TO BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA

 

yogini


SOLD

Black background Gathering of the saints

This class of Tangka is for advanced practitioners.
SOLD

Shakyamuni and the Gathering of the Saints tangka hand painted in Tibet by Buddhist monk

Shakyamuni ~gathering of the Saints
Comes with brocade border
Circa mid 20th century
SOLD shipped to Worcester, MA

Amitabha & 17 arhats

Shakyamuni & 18 Arhats
Comes with brocade border
Circa 2000
Price $950.00


Mahakala

SOLD

Hvashang AKA laughing Buddha tangka from Sange Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Hvashang AKA Laughing Buddha
Comes with brocade border
Circa 1990
Price $485.00

SOLD SHIPPED TO ANNAPOLIS, MD

Palden Lhamo tibetan Buddhist art tangka


Palden Lhamo

Circa mid 20th century
Price $650.00

SOLD SHIPPED TO
MISSION VIEJO, CA


 

17 arhats 2000 addition to cannon by Current Dali Lama

This piece was added to the Canon in 2000
by the current Dalai Lama
SOLD

Guhyamanjuvajra Sarasvati mother father tangka circe 1880

Guhya~Manjuvajra Sarasvati
With Green Tara

Advanced practice Tangka
Circa mid 20th century
sold

yamantaka Vajrabhairava mother father tangka with palden lhamo mahakala tibetan buddhist tangka

Yamantaka Vajrabhairava mother-father
Circa 2010
Comes with brocade border
Price $775.00

SOLD
SHIPPED TO MISSION VIEJO, CA

Vaishravana antique tangka certified authentic

Vaishravana
Circa mid 20th century
Price $295.00

Note listing is not active contact us if interested

 

Manjushri Mandala hand painted tangka style in Tibet

Manjushri Mandala
Circa 2005
SOLD


Manjushri tangka hand painted from Tibetan monastery

Manjushri
Comes with brocade border
Circa 2008
Price $675.00

SOLD SHIPPED TO SANTA FE, NM

Tibetan Buddhist Thangka of Green Tara painted in Tibet

Green Tara
with brocade border
age: new
Price $875.00

SOLD

Tibetan buddhist thangka painting of White Tara painted in Tibet

White Tara
with brocade border
age: new
SOLD SHIPPED TO
CONCORD, NC

 

 

golden advanced practice Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist thangka painted in 24kt gold in Tibet

Shakyamuni
"The supreme physician depiction"
Auspicious advanced practice thangka in 24kt gold
age: new
Price $595.00

SOLD SHIPPED TO REFUGIO, TX

 

 

 

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