Torana by Mukti Singh Thapa


This dramatic painting by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is named Torana. It depicts four animals that often adorn the torana, the decorative framework that surrounds Buddhist and Hindu deities in paintings and sculpture and is also used as entranceways in temples. From bottom to top, the four animals are an elephant, snow lion, and the mythical kinnara and shardula. This graceful piece displays Thapa's mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its precise lines and use of traditional iconography, and creativity in designing this composition.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, is painted in the traditional manner with black ink and ground mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. What makes it particularly impressive is that, in addition to the black ink, Mukti has added a light pink to decorate the piece. A painting of this size will take a couple months to compose, sketch and complete.

The original painting is available for the appreciate collector. Additionally, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that you can enjoy this museum quality work of art. This piece is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. It is printed on thick archival paper in the same quality used by top museums worldwide.

With your 88 cm (35 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.

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

If you are interested in the original painting, please email Please note that the price ($999,999) on the website is just a placeholder. We will share the price on request as well as more information about this stunning painting.

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