A thangka, also known as tangka, thanka or tanka, is a painting made on cloth. The literal translation of the Tibetan word 'Thangka' is recorded message. This art form is a highly developed and important medium through which Buddhist philosophy can be explained. Thangka paintings are not made on flat canvas like acrylic paintings. They are more like scroll-paintings where a picture panel is painted over a textile, which is then mounted on a silk border/cover. Generally, thangkas last for a very long time and retain much of their lustre if kept in dry places, away from moisture. There are many types of thangkas in terms of contents and designs. The subject matter can include Buddhas, bodhisattvas, goddesses, wrathful creature, humans, inanimate objects (stupas), monastic accessories, religious objects, animals, plants, flowers, etc.

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