Object Place: Tibet
103 x 61 cm (40 9/16 x 24 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades and wood dowels
Not On View
Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with no streamers or veil.
The central figure of the Buddha Amitayus sits in meditation posture holding a vase. He is red-skinned and crowned with Bodhisattva ornaments. He is surrounded by numerous, much smaller figures of Amitayus in a similar guise. Above the central figure is a seated yellow-hat lama; below him, at center, Sri Devi/Lhamo rides her mule in a puddle of blood, engulfed in blue flames. Below this, a skull is filled with offerings of eyes, tongue, heart, and other items.
1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 7, 1921)
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection