Newari Amitabha Buddha by Mukti Singh Thapa


This work by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Amitabha, the Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light. This historical painting is part of Mukti Singh Thapa's 'Early Collection' and was completed in 1990. Amitabha symbolizes mercy and wisdom and reigns over Sukhavati, or the Western Pure Land. Eight bodhisattvas are in the background with the white Avalokiteśvara and yellow Manjushree on either side, and five goddesses, Pancha Raksha, on the bottom. This stunning thangka is painted in the Newari style of the 16th century and displays Thapa's mastery of this period through its rich color palette and expert use of traditional iconography. 

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, is painted in the traditional manner with ground mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. Here, Amitabha is painting with brilliant red cinnabar. The gold ornaments, such as the crown and jewelry, are painted painstakingly with 24 carat gold. A painting of this size will take several months to compose, sketch and complete.

Although the original painting has sold, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition print so that you can collect this museum quality work of art. This piece is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. It is printed on thick archival paper in the same professional quality used by top museums worldwide.

With your 113 cm (44.5 inch), 80 cm (31 inch) or 50 cm (20 inch) prints you will receive an authentication card, signed by the artist in English and Nepali script, as well as an artist biography.

Mahakala Fine Arts donates a portion of all print sales to social programs in the Himalaya. Please join us!

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