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Naro Dakini – thang-ka scroll painting
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is one of best examples in the museum's collection of Tibetan and Mongolian Thangkas, of good painting values and complex iconography.

History of the Object
The earlier history of the object is not known. In the Buddhism of Vajrayana images play an extraordinary important role based on expanded visualization techniques during meditation practices. Naro Khachenma Dakini is one of the personal deities (yidam), supporting the believer on his spiritual way. As a wrathful deity, she helps in the struggle with uncontrolled, destructive powers of mind. Syllables of mantras, written on the back side of the Thangka, correspond with figures depicted on its face; these blessings give the image spiritual power. In the traditional communities of Tibet and Mongolia every kind of creativity was at the same time a religious activity, regulated by strict artistic and ritual canons.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Cotton canvas, mineral pigments 
Measurements
Width 52,5 cm Height 66,5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Western Tibet or Mongolia 
Geography
China; Tibet 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; probably 
Function
Buddhist cult painting, used for meditation 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1979. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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