Maitreya Buddha by Mukti Singh Thapa

This dazzling painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Maitreya, the future Buddha. Mukti painted this work in the late 1980s or early 90s and it is part of his 'Early Collection.' It is not dated or signed, as is the custom when painting religious works. This is because the practitioner is worshipping the diety and the artist's signature is a distraction from that focus.  

As with all of the artist's work, it is painted in the traditional manner with mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. The stunning blue is painted with lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, cinnabar is used for the rich reds, and the yellows are painted painstakingly with orpiment. 
This stunning piece displays Thapa's mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its intricate design, precise lines and use of traditional iconography.

The original thangka, or paubha, painting, is available for the discerning collector. If you are interested in this original artwork, please email Mahakala@MahakalaFineArts.com and we will share the price as well as more information about this fabulous painting.


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