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(Tib.).

A Tibetan scroll-painting which generally uses gouache on a cotton canvas and depicts various religious topics such as the Buddha.episodes from his lives, tantric deities, maṇḍalas.Buddhist scholars, and saints. The paintings are normally framed with three bands of fine silk brocade and can be rolled up for transport. Exceptionally valuable thang-kas use a background of gold (Tib., gser-thang) upon which a central deity is painted in colour, surrounded by rows of smaller duplicate figures in outline. Art historians recognize a number of distinct styles, reflecting the main painting traditions of Tibet.

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