Thangka paintings, restoration and gilding

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Gallery of the 21 taras according to the Surya Gupta tradition, traditional thangkas and some paintings inspired by Art Nouveau


Due to the water based colors and pigments used in Thangka painting and gilding of statues, it is vulnerable to humidity and direct sunlight. Eventhough restoration was rarely done on Thangkas, thanks to new techniques and materials it is becoming more prevalent in our times.


 Gilding faces is one of the disciplines that every student studies during his or her training to become a Thangka painter. Although most bronze and copper statues can be acquired with the faces already gilded, this knowledge can be applied to statues made from clay or restoration purposes.