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The Great Thangka

time:2014年02月12日source:Tibetan museumEdit:DOOJITime:

 

    The initial preparations for the Great Thangka were made in 1980 by Mr. Tsong Sherabgyal, who began the rough sketch in 1990 and in 1996 began the actual painting of this Thangka. He invited over 400 Tibetan handicraftsmen and artists from all over Tibet to participate in its creation, and they worked for over four years on this immense piece of history. The painting style that appears in the great Thangkas well as its content, depicts all aspects of Tibetan culture. This has never been attempted in the past. It is the world's largest example of this unique Tibetan religious art form. At more than 618 meters long, 2.5 meters wide, and 1,000 kilograms in weight, it would take a person two months with a detailed visit and 6-8 hours with a simple visit to examine it fully.
    This Thangka is not only a jewel due to its depictions, but also because the actual material used in the creation of this masterpiece are hard to find. For example, Tibetan medicines, gold, silver, jade, powdered blue stone, agate, pearl, saffron, and coral have all been used in the production of this Thangka, making it a true rarity. It includes information on the world's formation, human creation, Tibetan origins, Tibetan monarchs, Sakyamuni’s biography, the origin and development of Tibetan Buddhist sects, the sciences of linguistics, technology, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, poetry, rhetoric, and drama, the Tibetan architect Thangtong Gyelpo (Thang-stong-rgyal-po)'s condensed biography, a condensed version of the Tibetan epic 'King Gesar', Tibetan scenic and historical sites, seven wise ministers and seven strategic generals in Tibetan history, festvals and clothing, daily necessities, weapons, houses, tents, castles patterns including the eight auspicious symbols, and pictures beseeching luck and fortune.