Shakyamuni Buddha and 18 Arhats by Mukti Singh Thapa


This staggering painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Shakyamuni Buddha with Eighteen Arhats. The Buddha personally selected the Arhats from his disciples and requested them to remain in the world, protecting the Dharma for as long as beings are capable of benefitting from their teachings. They vowed at the time of the parinirvana to remain in the world and maintain the Dharma until the time of the future Buddha Maitreya. This harmonious piece displays Thapa's mastery of the Tibetan style through its rich color palette, precise lines, 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. The blue throughout the painting is rich lapis lazuli while the gold ornaments, such as the jewelry and objects, are painted painstakingly with 24 carat gold. A painting of this large size will take several months to compose, sketch and complete.

As the original painting has sold, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that you can enjoy this museum quality work of art. Printed in three sizes, each size is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. They are printed on thick archival paper in the same professional quality used by top museums worldwide. 

With your 120 cm (47 inch) and 80 cm (31 inch) fine art prints you will receive an authentication card, numbered and signed by the artist in English and Nepali script, as well as an artist biography. The 50 cm (20 inch) print is signed and numbered directly by the artist and comes with an artist biography.

Mahakala Fine Arts donates a portion of all print sales to social programs in the Himalaya. Please join us!

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