Shakyamuni Buddha by Mukti Singh Thapa


This outstanding painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. Buddha means 'Enlightened One' and Shakyamuni is the founder of Buddhism. Born in Lumbini, Nepal, Shakyamuni spent most of his life in India where he gained enlightenment under a bodhi tree. He spent the remainder of his life traveling and teaching the Dharma. This piece displays Thapa's mastery of the Tibetan style through its rich color palette, abundance of flowers and natural elements 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 that you see throughout the painting is rich lapis lazuli from Afghanistan while the gold ornaments as well as the Buddha's skin are painted painstakingly with 24 carat gold. A painting of this size will take several months to compose, sketch and complete.

The original 122 cm painting has sold, but 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 122 cm (48 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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