A student painting a thangka at the Danba Raodan art school in Lhasa. Tibet’s traditional religious art is undergoing a revival, driven in part by Chinese collectors. Photo: AFP

Tibetan religious art finds new fans and collectors across China after decades in doldrums

Some older painters decry creeping commercialisation, but rising interest in the minutely detailed works called thangkas has led to a huge increase in their ranks

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A student painting a thangka at the Danba Raodan art school in Lhasa. Tibet’s traditional religious art is undergoing a revival, driven in part by Chinese collectors. Photo: AFP
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