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China Post Launches Stamps Themed on Thangka
China Post Launches Stamps Themed on Thangka2014-05-22

The launch ceremony for the specialized set of stamps themed on Thangka was held in Lhasa, capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region on May 18, 2014.

The launch ceremony for the specialized set of stamps themed on Thangka was held in Lhasa, capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region on May 18, 2014. It is the first time that Thangka have been presented to the world as a ‘national business card’ by being printed on stamps.

The specialized set of stamps on Thangka are composed of four stamps and a miniature stamp, whose designs were based on the five Thangka artworks collected in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Thangka, also known as Tangka, is one of Chinese intangible cultural heritages. It’s is a style of painting done on a cotton or silk, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala (a shared Buddhist and Hindu symbol). A Thangka is not a flat creation like an oil painting or acrylic painting, but instead consists of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered over, upon which is laid a cover, usually made of silk.

Generally, Thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their luster, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture won't affect the quality of the silk. It is sometimes called a scroll-painting.

Thangka served as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. One subject is The Wheel of Life, which is a visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment).

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