Late 18th Century Thangka Scroll Painting of Buddha’s Life, late 18th century to early 19th century

18th century – 19th century
silk and cotton
98 x 60 cm

Fantastic late 18th early 19th Century Tibetan paint work. Outer borders 19th century.

A thangka painting was traditionally a portable fabric scroll, kept unframed, and intended to be used either for personal meditation or in order to instruct other individuals in Buddhist teachings. Thangka, roughly translating to “recorded message” in Tibetan, is an ancient form of Buddhist art that originated within Tibet around the 11th century. Thought to serve as a teaching and meditation tool for religious scholars, thangka paintings are usually vertically oriented scrolls crafted on silk or cotton fabric.

This Thankgka has great provenance coming from the Robert Napier Collection. Collected by Robert Napier in 1860 in the second opium wars, during which he collected many Buddhist artefacts. Many remained in great condition in the family home till this year 2020.


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