Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting


Alchi Amitabha

Wall Painting in Alchi Monastery - Ladakh

First Photo taken: 02/05/21 Second photo taken: 02/19/21 Third photo taken: 03/05/21 Fourth photo taken: 03/19/21 Fith photo taken: 04/02/21 Sixth photo taken: 04/16/21 Seventh photo taken: 04/30/21 05/14: Corvid 19 Lockdown - Our Thangka Workshop is closed Restart eighth photo taken: 07/16/21 Ninth photo taken: 07/30/21

The original of this unique thangka is a mural from the 11th century in the monastery Alchi in Ladakh in the Indian West Himalaya. It can be found on the right wall of the left niche on the ground floor of the Sumtsek Temple of the monastery.

Worship of Buddha Amitabha

The scene fills almost the entire width of the lower wall alongside the feet of the monumental figure of Avalokiteshvara. In the frieze at the bottom priests are performing a rite for Buddha Amitabha. The figure in the yellow robes may be Tshulthim Ö, builder of the Sumtsek temple. The Buddha is flanked by two zones of Bodhisattvas and Indian deities, who are likewise paying reverence to him.

Amitabha, Boundless Light, is the Buddha of the Western Paradise, shown here on a throne of peacocks, his symbolic animals. As a mystic Buddha, he is wearing a crown, jewellery and a robe richly decorated with elephants. The throne, too, is opulently decorated. The shading of the colours clearly discerni-ble in the flesh tints and the makaras on the rear wall of the throne is a feature derived from Indian painting that made its way via Central Asia to China and Japan, where it had no enduring effect, however.

Quelle: "Alchi - Buddhas - Göttinnen - Mandalas, Wandmalerei in einem Himalaya Kloster, Roger Goepper [Text], Barbara Lutterbeck und Jaroslav Poncar [Fotos], Du Mont Verlag, 1982.

Next Update: 08/11/21

Expected completion of the Thangka: June / July 2021

Source: "Alchi - Buddhas - Göttinnen - Mandalas, Wandmalerei in einem Himalaya Kloster, Roger Goepper [Text], Barbara Lutterbeck und Jaroslav Poncar [Fotos], Du Mont Verlag, 1982.

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Buddha Amitayus and 1000 other Buddhas

Buddha Amitayus

Green Tara [Color Version]

Green Tara [Red Background]


PropertyValue
Measurements: 35.4 x 43.3 " | 90 x 110 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Farbe: Color Version
Material: Natural Stonecolors