The making of a thangka painting


Thangka painting has been a Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over 2,000 years.

A thangka is a Tibetan hanging scroll, usually painted on cotton, and then placed in a silk brocade mount. Unlike other types of paintings, there are many rules when it comes to making a thangka. Watch Tibetan artist Buchung Nubgya create a thangka of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist deity of compassion.


Additional resources

Project Himalayan Art from the Rubin Museum of Art

Art Making on Project Himalayan Art from the Rubin Museum of Art

Another thangka painting by Buchung Nubgya at The Rubin Museum of Art

Cite this page as: The Rubin Museum of Art, "The making of a thangka painting," in Smarthistory, July 13, 2023, accessed February 24, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/the-making-of-a-thangka-painting/.