Padmapani by Mukti Singh Thapa

This staggering painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Padmapani a form of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion and mercy. Often called the Lotus Holder, Padmapani is usually depicted in an elegant trihanga standing posture holding a lotus. His mantra is the ever-present 'Om Mani Padme Hum' that is heard throughout the Himalaya, and he vowed that he would would not rest until he had liberated all beings from suffering. The painting displays Padmapani enshrined in his torana amidst a vast field of stupas, with four Mahakala figures at the bottom.

This piece displays Thapa's mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its precise lines and expert use of traditional iconography while adding his own artistic freedom and creativity.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepali, is painted in the traditional style with mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. Padmapani is painting in rich red cinnabar and gold elements, such as Padmapani's crown and jewelry, are painted painstakingly with 24 carat gold. A painting of this size and complexity will take several months to compose, sketch and complete.

This painting is available for knowledgable art collector. If you are interested, please email Mahakala@MahakalaFineArts.com for pricing and more information.


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