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Buddha Shakyamuni

Tibet
19th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

94.5 x 65 cm (37 3/16 x 25 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.746

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton with remnants of silk brocade border

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting with no borders, with remnants of decorative borders, would have originally been in thangka format.

Large central figure of Buddha Shakyamuni sits cross-legged on a lotus throne. His right hand is in bhumisparsa mudra and his left hand is in dhyana mudra, holding his begging bowl. On the bottoms of his feet are dharmachakras. Below the Buddha are the Guardian Kings of the Four Directions with Vaishravana seated on a snow lion at the center. To eitehr side of the throne are arhats. To either side of the Buddha are crowned figures of Dhyanibodhisattvas seated on lotus thrones. Each holds an attribute atop a lotus. Above the Buddha are Manjushri, a Buddha, Vajrasattva, another Buddha, and Vajradhara. The elaborate throne, with snow lion motifs and brocade drapes, is similar in style and format to that seen in other Thangkas from the Bigelow collection, suggesting that they are all from the same atelier.

Provenance

1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection