Mahakala Dance Apron by Mukti Singh Thapa


This outstanding work by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa depicts Mahakala in the pattern of a Tibetan dance apron. Mahakala, the Protector of the Dharma, is considered to be the fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He defends the Dharma from hostile forces and protects the individual practitioner from deception and delusion, bestowing power to overcome life's struggles. This piece displays Thapa's mastery of the Tibetan style through its precise lines and expert use of traditional iconography, while also demonstrating his brilliant creativity in this original design.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, is painted in the traditional manner with ground mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. The stunning blue is painted with lapis lazuli from Afghanistan and the gold ornaments, such as the crown and jewelry, are painted painstakingly with 24 carat gold. A painting of this smaller size will take many weeks to compose, sketch and complete.

The original painting is no longer available, but Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that you can collect this museum quality work of art. This print 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 48 cm (18.75 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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