Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 65253)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Nyingma
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc. #2003.34.2
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

The great monasteries of Tibet all possessed giant silk applique thangkas. Known as "gos.sKu" (pronounced Ki-gu) which in Tibetan simply means "satin-image", these massive banners were used for worship and public display. Due their spiritual significance, intricate design, as well as their sheer size, these works of art are of the most impressive treasures of Tibetan Buddhist culture. They are constructed using a wide array heavy brocades, usually of silk or satin, and are sewn together using the applique technique. These thangkas were usually only displayed on certain holy days, with people coming from miles away to see them.

-Monty McKeever 5/07

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