Life of Buddha by Mukti Singh Thapa


This beautiful painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa depicts the Life of Buddha. In the middle is a grand stupa with a golden Shakyamuni Buddha. The story of the Buddha’s life start in the lower left corner with his birth, and subsequently shows him in his lavish palace, and then going out and witnessing the suffering of the world. The next scenes show him departing the palace, cutting his hair, and meditating under a bodhi tree. The final scenes show him gaining enlightenment, teaching and finally his death. This captivating thangka is painted in the traditional 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. But what makes this painting truly outstanding is the immense amount of gold, as seen in the entire stupa, the Buddha's skin, jewelry and other details, that were painstakingly painted with 24 carat gold. A painting of this size and detail took several months to compose, sketch and complete.

Although the original 97 cm (38 inch) painting has sold, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that anyone 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 quality used by top museums worldwide. 

With your 80 cm (31 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.

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