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This is a pretty Viswa Vajra Mandala Thangka Painting from Nepal. I brought it back with me from my last trip there. It has very good detail and the canvas is in great shape. The gold paint is a mixed gold of 10 to 14 K.
When two thunderbolts are crossed it is called a Viswa Vajra. It is the emblem of Amoghasiddhi. In Buddhist Tantra the word generally designates Sunya or Void which cannot be cut, cannot be destroyed but which destroys all evils.
The Mandala is regarded as the most auspicious diagram in both Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. The preceptors, masters of the philosophy introduced them as a medium of worship to attain a better life free on from all sorts of worldly miseries. Mandalas are composed in various sketches in diagrams like a circle to indicate the whole universe.
No real noticeable flaws. There a a feint light black mark in the lower left hand corner in the red area for which I have discounted the painting some ( 9th picture ).
Size: 10.7" tall and 10.7" wide ( 27.2 cm tall and 27.2 cm wide ) including border. 8.7" tall and 8.7" wide ( 22 cm tall and 22 cm wide ) excluding border.