Sakya-muni Buddah, with Amitayus & 4 Standing Tara

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

68 x 53 cm (26 3/4 x 20 7/8 in.); Legacy dimension: 67.3 x 52.0 cm

Accession Number

21.732

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting with no borders, possibly originally in thangka format.

Shakyamuni sits on elaborate lotus throne with hands in dharmachakra mudra. Directly above him is Amitabha Buddha. Beside and below him are four standing Bodhisattvas, each holding the stem of a lotus. They are dressed in distinctive costumes with short shirts and long, tight, striped leggings. They are set in a Chinese-style landscape with stylized clouds above and mountain and rock formations below. (Includes a very nice rendition of a Chinese scholar’s rock.)

Inscription

On reverse, in red paint, are three-character mantras: Om, Ah, Hum at the center of each deity. A long inscription at the center needs to be translated (photograph taken).

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