102-004 Vintage Tibetan Buddhist Thangka. The Bhavacakra or "Wheel of Life".
Vintage Tibetan Buddhist Thangka. The Bhavacakra or "Wheel of Life".
Color halftone screen print on India paper. Very finely detailed print. Early to mid-20th C. Northern India. Good vintage condition. No tears or losses; some wrinkling with slight creasing. The upper corners of the mounting fabric is worn through. Minor wear at bottom corners. Original brocade mounting with the “door” panel at the middle of the bottom section. This element is typically of a different color and is called “the root of the thangka". Fading of color to silk textile mounting. India paper is based on bleached hemp and rag fibers.
The Bhavacakra (Sanskrit; Pāli: bhavacakka; Tibetan: srid pa'i 'khor lo) is a symbolic representation of saṃsāra (or cyclic existence) frequently still found on the outside walls of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Indo-Tibetan region. It was from its first appearance in Buddhist history a critical teaching device. A skilled teacher could use the imagery to reach all classes of people. In the Mahayana tradition, it is said that the drawing was designed by the Buddha himself as a gift to King Rudravana and a device to help ordinary people understand Buddhist teachings.
The Bhavacakra although popularly referred to as the wheel of life, may also be glossed as wheel of cyclic existence or wheel of becoming.
|a. Origin||Northern India|
|b. Estimated Age||60-70 years|
|c. Craft (Embroidery etc)||Brocade mounted printed paper|
|d. Size (mention cm/inches)||Image: 14.5\" 36.8cm width x 20\" 50.8cm height. Overall: 17.75ʺW 45.1cm × 23.75ʺH 60.3cm|
|e. Condition Report||Very god condition. Paper is worn and lightly creased with no rips. Brocade is faded and corners are worn. See photos.|
|f. Damage & Shortcomings||Upper corners are worn trough.|
|g. Item Location (Country)||USA|
|Seller Name||Three Friends of Winter Antiques|
|Seller's Email ID||Threefow@gmail.com|