May 26, 2014

China FDC on "Thangka"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia



Date of Issue : 18 May 2014

4-1 : Sakyamuni Buddha
4-2 : Amitayus Buddha
4-3 : Green Tara
4-4 : White Tara
Souvenir Sheet : Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokitesvara

A thangka is a Tibetan-style scroll painting on cotton, silk and paper, which is painted or embroidered. Thangka paintings primarily depict Buddhist subjects such as the Buddha, bodhisattvas, and Buddhist guardians, as well as Tibetan history and ethnic customs. They are mounted with silk brocade in the style of scroll paintings invented in the Xuanhe reign of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is said that thangka first originated in the period of the Tibetan Empire (early 7th to mid-9th century) and developed into an art form in the second of the 11th century.

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