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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

2004-15-3

2004-15-3

Thangka

CG2003-1-2

CG2003-1-2

Thangka

2006-21-5

2006-21-5



Thangka

51-4-190C

51-4-190C

Thangka

2006-21-2

2006-21-2

Thangka

51-4-120

51-4-120



Thangka

51-4-119

51-4-119

Thangka

51-4-132

51-4-132

Thangka

51-4-190A

51-4-190A



Thangka

51-4-189A

51-4-189A

Thangka

51-4-131

51-4-131



Thangka

2004-15-2

2004-15-2

Thangka

2004-15-1

2004-15-1

Thangka

CG2003-1-4

CG2003-1-4



Thangka

CG2003-1-3

CG2003-1-3

Thangka

CG2003-1-1

CG2003-1-1

Thangka

2006-21-4

2006-21-4



Thangka

2006-21-3

2006-21-3

Thangka

2006-21-1

2006-21-1

Thangka

51-41-8

51-41-8



Painting

29-198-4

29-198-4

Thangka

51-41-13B

51-41-13B

Thangka

51-4-134

51-4-134



Thangka

51-4-153

51-4-153

Thangka

93-24-9

93-24-9

Thangka

51-4-127

51-4-127



Thangka

51-4-141

51-4-141

Thangka

CG94-1-58B

CG94-1-58B

Thangka

51-4-140

51-4-140



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