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Thangka paintings from Nepal

colorful wooden and paper hand puppets from Nepal

A Selection of Nepalese Thangka Paintings

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Thangka paintings are traditional Buddhist cultural paintings that originated in Nepal. Thangkas can be known locally as "Thankas". They usually depict a Buddhist deity, scene or mandala.

Thangkas are created from a picture panel which is painted or embroidered over, either singly or in thin layers. The embroidery is usually done in silk. Due to this Thangkas can last a long time but should be considered very delicate. This also means the cost of genuine thangka can be quite high. Do watch out for cheap imitations!

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