An attempt on Lobuje East, 1991

Friday, 1 November 1991 – Kathmandu: I had decided that I wanted to buy a thanka as my main souvenir of my visit to Nepal and I spent a lot of time looking for one. Thankas are Buddhist paintings, usually done on cotton or silk, which generally contain detailed depictions of aspects of Buddhist life. As one article that I read about thankas noted, they tend to “have elaborate compositions including many very small figures. A central deity is often surrounded by other identified figures in a symmetrical composition.” There were a vast number on sale, and (after a lot of humming and hawing and to-ing and fro-ing) this is the thanka that I eventually bought.