This is a brilliant Life of Buddha Thangka painting from Nepal. I brought it back with me from my last trip there knowing someone would love to have it. The colors and detail are excellent and real gold paint was used as well as an accent. Please take a look at the small up close pictures to get an idea of all the character and events portrayed in this painting.
Some history of Shakymuni Buddha:
This Painting pays Tribute to The Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. His life story goes like this.
Many years ago there was a king named Shuddhodana. The king and queen were sad as they were childless for a long time. One night Queen Mayadevi dreamed of a white elephant. Actually the white elephant was the Buddha himself. In the form of the white elephant the Buddha entered her womb and she became pregnant. Shortly after the Buddha was born his mother died and he was taken care of by his stepmother.
He was born a Prince and his father taught him many skills like horseback riding, sword playing, archery and swimming. The Buddha had a very kind hearted nature. His father wanted him to become a powerful king and gave him many forms of entertainment such as musical performances and dance. The Buddha even married a beautiful princess. But these did not make him happy.
One day he left the Palace and recognized the suffering around him. He met a monk who was in search of enlightenment and the cause of suffering. He left the palace feeling he needed to find the cause of suffering. After meditating for many years he became very weak and realized he needed to follow the middle path. He later attained enlightenment, traveled to many places and preached peace and taught others the path to enlightenment.
A great painting. No real flaws or damage. The canvas is in nice shape as well
Size: 21.8" tall and 17.4" wide ( 55.4 cm tall and 44.2 cm wide ) including Border: 19.5" tall and 15.3" wide ( 49.5 cm tall and 38.9 cm wide ) excluding border