1000-Armed Avalokitesvara by Mukti Singh Thapa


This gorgeous painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of 1000-Armed Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Painted in the Tibetan style, this emanation of Avalokitesvara has 11 heads and 1000 hands with 1000 eyes on the palm of each hand. The 1000 eyes allow Avalokitesvara to see the sufferings of all sentient beings, and the 1000 hands allow him to reach out to help them. His mantra is the ever-present ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ that you hear chanted throughout the Himalaya. This wonderful piece displays Thapa's mastery of Tibetan style through its rich color palette, creative composition and 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. For example, the blues are painted with lapis lazuli and the greens are composed of malachite. 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.

The original painting is available for purchase. Additionally, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art 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 quality used by top museums worldwide.

With your 88 cm (35 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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