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also known as tangka, thanka

A scroll-painting (with or without embroidery) usually depicting Buddhist deity, Wheel of Life or Mandala
Thangka serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas
Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests
A religious art used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment.

Process of Painting

Painted on cotton or silk canvas.
The paint consists of pigments in a water soluble medium.
Both mineral and organic pigments are used, tempered with herb and glue solution (distemper technique).
A thangka painting is highly geometric.
Each element is laid out on a systematic grid of angles and intersecting lines.
The process seems very methodical, but often requires deep understanding of the symbolism involved to capture the spirit of it.
Thangka often overflow with symbolism and allusion.