University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Thangkas are Buddhist paintings, usually surrounded by silk or brocade, which are hung on walls and placed on altars to serve as meditational aides.  They are sacred objects, rich in symbolism, and range in size from the very small, being held in the hand, to the very large, sometimes covering an entire hillside.  The central image can be equally as varied including, single figures, assemblages of dieites, astrological diagrams, landscapes or even an entire cosmos. A majority of the thangkas at the Penn Museum come from Tibet where they are often found in homes along side other ritual paraphenalia such as butter lamps, teapots, and water ewers.


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Thangka

51-4-139

51-4-139

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-140

51-4-140

Museum Object

Thangka

CG94-1-58B

CG94-1-58B

Museum Object



Thangka

51-4-141

51-4-141

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-127

51-4-127

Museum Object

Thangka

93-24-9

93-24-9

Museum Object



Thangka

51-4-153

51-4-153

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-134

51-4-134

Museum Object

Thangka

51-41-13B

51-41-13B

Museum Object



Temple Scroll

29-198-4

29-198-4

Museum Object

Thangka

51-41-8

51-41-8

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-189A

51-4-189A

Museum Object



Thangka

51-4-190A

51-4-190A

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-119

51-4-119

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-120

51-4-120

Museum Object



Thangka

2006-21-2

2006-21-2

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-190C

51-4-190C

Museum Object

Thangka

2006-21-5

2006-21-5

Museum Object



Thangka

CG2003-1-2

CG2003-1-2

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-151

51-4-151

Museum Object

Thangka

51-41-15

51-41-15

Museum Object



Thangka

51-4-117

51-4-117

Museum Object

Painting

C415

C415

Museum Object

Thangka

CG94-1-58C

CG94-1-58C

Museum Object



Painting

49-13-1

49-13-1

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-189B

51-4-189B

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-190B

51-4-190B

Museum Object



Thangka

49-13-2

49-13-2

Museum Object

Thangka

51-4-123

51-4-123

Museum Object

Thangka

51-41-10

51-41-10

Museum Object



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