The composition that you see on this page is predominantly a bitone number. The deep, solid black of the backdrop has been superimposed with dense proportions of gold. The colour has been applied intricately, setting off each detail that you see in the foreground - landscapes and templetops in the panels within the circle, the miniscule Buddha figures in each, and the richly detailed edge of the circle.
While hints of blue, pink, and ochre are to be found within the wheel of life in this thangka, the shades and tints of crimson on the body of the Kirtimukham is the major infusion of colour. The palms of its hands and the soles of its feet are a bright scarlet, its wrathful face and ferocious limbs a deep carmine. Standing Bodhisattvas on the two upper corners; mythical, serpentine creatures across the bottom.
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