Traditional Hand-painted Authentic, Fine Quality Thangkas. A Thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton or silk usually depicting a Buddhist deity, or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front. Thangkas can last a long time, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk. Most thangkas were intended for personal meditation or instruction of monastic students. They often have elaborate compositions where a central deity is often surrounded by other identified figures in a symmetrical composition. Thangka serves as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and deities and bodhisattvas.