Stupa and Deities in Niches

early 18th century

Object Place: Nepal


103.5 x 73.5 cm (40 3/4 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View





Painting with no borders, possibly originally in thangka format.

A king and his wife make offerings into a small fire with the assistance of a priest who holds a sutra. With their entourage seated to either side, they sit before a large red stupa with smaller white building in front. Images of deities sit in niches in the white building and in additional buildings at either side. Other deities appear in the sky, as do two large heavenly beings in Central Asian costume. Below, a large grove of Indian-style trees is populated by monkeys, a Buddha (perhaps an icon), and several human figures. At the base of the painting is a white band, where the inscription would have been written, but only a very brief inscription has been added. The entire painting is bordered by a decorative band of repeated geometric-floral medallions. Much of the painting has been lost or is no longer legible due to abrasion.


On the obverse, in the white margin at the bottom of the painting: a brief inscription,in Devanagari, including a date: N.S. 839. Rest of inscription to be read.


1921, gift of the Marianne Brimmer Fund to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 4, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund