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Shanghai shines a light on traditional Thangka art

(en.study-shanghai.org) | Aug 19, 2014

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Shanghai Library holds the Losang Longtha Thangka art exhibition on Aug 8. A visitor was appreciating the beauty of these works up close. [Photo/Xinhua]

When the Shanghai Library put on a one-week exhibition of Thangka art, starting Aug 8, it put the spotlight on Losang Longtha who was introduced to Buddhism at six years of age, and began studying Thangka painting at the age of seven as an apprentice to a master.

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A visitor was studying the introduction of the artist and his works. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

The exhibit has 30 works of the artist on display and there are art lectures as well. The artist took years of practice to perfect the form and combined traditional Thangka techniques with Chinese painting with various color schemes and intricate composition to demonstrate how the art might evolve.

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Visitors took a solitary stroll in these artistic works. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

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Visitors were discussing about an art piece. [Photo/Xinhua]

Thangka refers to a painting embroidery on silk or cotton with an overlay that originated in Tibet during the Songtsen Gampo period (617-750) for religious purposes.

The artist comes from the Huangnan Tibetan autonomous prefecture, in Qinghai province, in Tongren county, which is called "Regong" ("golden valley.") in the Tibetan language. There has developed the Regong Thangka, as well as murals, paintings and other Tibetan Buddhist art forms, which have attracted attention from China and abroad.

By Xinyuan Zhong and edited by Roger Bradshaw

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