Padmapani by Mukti Singh Thapa

This original painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Padmapani a form of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion and mercy. Often called the Lotus Holder, Padmapani is usually depicted in an elegant trihanga standing posture holding a lotus. His mantra is the famous 'Om Mani Padme Hum' and he vowed that he would would not rest until he had liberated all beings from suffering. The painting displays Padmapani enshrined in his torana amidst a vast field of stupas, with four Mahakala figures at the bottom.

This outstanding piece displays Thapa's mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its precise lines and expert use of traditional iconography while adding his own artistic freedom and creativity.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepali, is painted in the traditional style with mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. The gold elements, such as Padmapani's crown and jewelry, are painted with 24 carat gold. A painting of this size and complexity will take several months to compose, sketch and complete.

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