Thangkas are most famous examples of Buddhist art that will be found in the Matho Museum. These are Buddhist “scroll paintings,” painting on cotton or silk, which may then be embroidered. The thangkas in the Matho collection date from the 14th to the 21st century and allow viewers to see the evolution of artistic style.
Paintings are used as support for meditation to invoke the deity or master being represented. For example, the monastery’s White Manjushri thangka, shown here, dates from around the 14th century and represents wisdom.