Exhibition Recommendation:"Thangka Special Collection Talk"
Location: New York Gallery of Chinese Art
Dates: 2017-11-22 through 2017-11-27
Collector: Cindy Ye
Join New York City art collector Cindy Ye as she shares her special picks of Thangka at this Holiday Season. Thangka is a kind of drawing that is infused with traditional crafts. Each pigment is made from natural minerals, plants, and other sources. These pigments are then painted on polished cotton clothes. The drawings are about Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan history, legends, folklore, astronomy, medicine, geography, and so on.
The thangka, a Tibetan painting using ground mineral pigment on cotton or silk, functions as one of the principle meditational tools in Buddhist practice. A thangka usually depicts a central Buddhist deity or teacher surrounded by associated gods and lineage figures, describes events or myths attributed to important religious teachers, or outlines the blueprint of a particular deity’s realm as a mandala. The viewer accrues merit and makes spiritual progress by meditating on the iconographic imagery associated with the particular Buddhist teaching.