Religious Art

Tse Lha Nam Sum Painted Thangka

$1,760 USD

Thangka with brocade border 49x38inches (124x98cms)
Thangka without brocade border 22x18inches (55x45cms)
Please inquire if you wish to order without the brocade border. 

Amitayus, Buddha (Tibetan: Tse pakmey) Lord of Limitless Life and Pristine Awareness, the Sambogakaya aspect (Enjoyment Body) of Amitabha Buddha. Amitayus depicted here in the centre, with a body red in colour, one face, two hands and with two long eyes glancing with compassion on beings, gazing on the entirety of migrators; and a smiling face. Above the two hands held in meditation is a long-life vase filled with the nectar of immortality; with the hair in tufts, adorned with silks and jewels, seated in vajra posture above a lotus and lion supported tiered throne.

Below are Vijaya (Namgyalma) and White Tara (Drol Kar), the presence of these two deities in this composition is very significant since along with Amitayus, Vijaya and the White Tara, form the triad of longevity deities in the Buddhist iconography. In Tibetan these three figures are known as the 'Tse Lha Nam Sum,' the Three Longevity Deities.

The victorious one Amitayus is aware of the unbearable sufferings of beings-death, illness, and so forth-and, due to a great love for them, has unsurpassable power to bestow the glory of long life and freedom from illness. Since this power has emanated thus as the victorious one Amitayus, this deity will confer on whoever remembers and relies on him the spiritual attainment of longevity and freedom hindrances.

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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