Religious Art

Kalachakra Painted Thangka

$985 USD

Thangka with brocade border 36 x 28 inches (91 x 71cm)
Thangka without brocade border 18 x 14 inches (46 x 36cm)
Please inquire if you wish to order without the brocade border. 

Kalachakra, whose name literally means ‘cycle of time,’ is a Buddha who commands the authority of an enlightened being and has the splendor of a monarch. He has a dark blue hue, three necks– blue, red and white– and four faces with three eyes each. The front face is black and fierce with bared fangs; the right one is red with a lustful expression; the back head is yellow and settled into absorbed concentration, and the left one is white and utterly peaceful.

His hair is bound in a topknot and adorned with a half moon. His hands hold a vajra, a sword, a trident, a curved knife, a triple arrow, a vajra hook, a drum, a bell, a shield, a staff, a skull filled with blood, a bow, a noose, a jewel, a lotus, a conch, a mirror, an iron chain and the four-faced head of Brahma.

His red right leg is outstretched, trampling Kamadeva, deity of desire. Under his white left leg is Rudra the Forceful. Kalachakra embraces his consort Vishvamata, Mother of Diversity, who has a yellow body and four faces: yellow, white, blue and red, each of which has three eyes. She has four arms on each side, which hold a curved knife, an iron hook, a drum, a rosary, a skull, a white lotus, and a jewel. Their embrace represents the union of compassion and wisdom, in the accomplishment of supreme enlightenment.

Each thangka is created using traditional methods and strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture. The colors are natural, extracted from plants and minerals, and adorned with 24k gold paint. Each piece is witness to a unique tradition that survives intact to this day.
The thangka comes framed in a traditional silk brocade border.

Learn more about thangka painting at Norbulingka here.

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