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Tangka is a form of Tibetan Buddhist painting with a rich and colorful history. In Lhasa, the charm and culture of Tangka art is now the focus of an exhibition at Norbu-Lingka Park. Unlike traditional Tangka paintings that are done on cloth, a new form of Tangka is being created.
All of the 35 pieces of Tangka are carved on precious wood like ebony, box, and yew. The three-dimensional Tangka is the brain child of Tong Yongquan, a master folk artist in Sichuan Province. After over a decade of searching and experimenting, Tong and his apprentices have created this new form of Tangka.
Visitor, said, "All the Tangkas I´ve seen before are painted on cloth. Wood carving Tangkas are more vivid, more striking."
Visitor, said, "Tangka is a jewel of Tibetan culture. I´d like to see new development on Tangka, and I hope the whole world can learn about Tangka."
A wood carved Tangka combines the skills of Tibetan Tangka style painting and wood carving skill of the Han ethnic people. And the content of these Tangka not only depicts the religious theme of Tangka, but also everyday Tibetan life.
The new style Tangka is bringing the 1300-year-old art into a new age.