Yamantaka by Mukti Singh Thapa


This striking painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa depicts Yamantaka, the wrathful protector who assumes this form to vanquish Yama, the God of Death. By defeating Yama, the cycle of rebirths, samsara, that prevents enlightenment is broken. Yamantaka is the ferocious aspect of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, and the red flames represent wisdom. This stunning piece displays Thapa's mastery of the Tibetan style through its beautiful colors, precise lines and traditional iconography.  

This painting is part of Mukti's 'Early Collection' and was completed in 1991 when the artist's work was just gaining international acclaim. As with all of the artist's work, it is painted in the traditional manner with mineral pigments, crushed by hand, on primed cotton canvas. The brilliant blue is lapis lazuli from Afghanistan and the rich red flames are cinnabar. The gold crown and other ornaments are painted painstakingly with 24 carat gold.

The original thangka, or paubha, painting is available for the appreciative collector. Additionally, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that art lovers can enjoy 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 80 cm (31.5 inch) fine art print you will receive an authentication card, numbered and 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!

If you are interested in the original painting, please email Mahakala@MahakalaFineArts.com. Please note that the price ($999,999) on the website is just a placeholder. We will share the price on request as well as more information about this stunning painting.

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