Lion's Roar Foundation – 14th Annual Lion's Roar Foundation Auction
Auction Ends: Nov 29, 2020 10:00 PM EST


Mahakala Fine Arts: "Mahakala Dance Apron" by Mukti Singh Thapa

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Estimated Value
$395 USD
$233 USD to mvdf6c85f
Number of Bids
10  -  Bid History

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Item Description


This dazzling painting by Mukti Singh Thapa is entitled Mahakala Dance Apron and was donated by Mahakala Fine Arts.

This outstanding work by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa depicts Mahakala in the pattern of a Tibetan dance apron. Mahakala, the Protector of the Dharma, is considered to be the fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He defends the Dharma from hostile forces and protects the individual practitioner from deception and delusion, bestowing power to overcome life's struggles. This piece displays Thapa's mastery of the Tibetan style through its precise lines and expert use of traditional iconography, while also demonstrating his brilliant creativity in this original design.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, is painted in the traditional manner with ground mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. The stunning blue is painted with lapis lazuli from Afghanistan and the gold ornaments, such as the crown and jewelry, are painted painstakingly with 24 carat gold. A painting of this smaller size will take many weeks to compose, sketch and complete.

Mukti Singh Thapa is one of Nepal's foremost traditional painters and is credited with reviving the Newar Design style from the 13th - 16th centuries. He is a master of the iconography and styles of this period and paints exclusively with mineral pigments on primed cotton canvas. His rich color palette, precise lines, complex designs and unparalleled creativity have brought him acclaim in Nepal and around the world. His artwork is in many museums and Buddhadharma has featured numerous pieces of Mukti Singh Thapa's artwork in previous issues.

The original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, painting is available for the insightful collector. Additionally, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition fine art print so that you can enjoy this museum quality work of art. This piece is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. It is printed on thick archival paper in the same professional quality used by top museums worldwide.

We invite you to visit to learn more about Mukti Singh Thapa and see his entire collection. Mahakala Fine Arts donates a portion of all fine art print sales to social programs in the Himalaya. Please join us!


With your 48 cm w (18.75") x 49 cm l (19") fine art print you will receive an authentication card, numbered and signed by the artist in English and Nepali script, as well as an artist biography.

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