Speaker: Mr. Wang Rui, Independant Thangka Resercher
Thangka is of great significance in Chinese traditional culture with its unique aesthetic features. Thangka is famously recognised as an artistic embodiment of Tibetan Buddhism, and shines among Tibetan art through its exhaustive accounts of the history of Tibet. The art form of Thangka represents an extraordinary painting style in Tibetan culture, accentuating its distinct ethnic features as well as explicit religious symbolism and affiliation. Using gold, silver, pearl, agate, corals, turquoise, malachite, cinnabar and other precious mineral gems as drawing paint. Thangka is able to perpetuate its vibrant colours over hundreds and thousands of years, therefore reflecting the holiness of the world where Buddhas dwell. The creation process of a Thangka painting is extremely arduous, normally with artists’ painstaking effort and dedication of six months at least, or over ten years at most.
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