Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting


Conservation of the damaged paintwork

Before conservation Enlargement Detail 2 Detail 3: Top: Buddha Samantabhadra Detail 4: Top - Buddha Samantabhadra Detail 5: Buddha's descent from heaven Detail 6: Birth of Buddha Detail 7: Budha's escape from the royal palace Detail 8 Buddha as an ascet Detail 9: Buddha's death and parinirvana Detail 10: Buddha's temptation Detail 11: The great tonsur - Buddha cuts his hair Detail 12

Sixty-five colors were mixed to give the original antique look back to this thangka.

The colors had to match exactly with the preserved original colors of the old picture. The viewer must not be able to tell any difference between the old and new colors.

The effort of mixing these colors to match significantly exceeded the effort of retouching with a brush.

Not all areas were repaired because more would mean that the thangka will lose its originality.