Subhuti Preaching to the Nagas and Garudas



69 x 41.2 cm (27 3/16 x 16 1/4 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.688 x 0.41 mm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View





Painting with no borders, fragment of a thangka.

The large figure left of center is Subhuti, one of the chief disciples of the Buddha. He is accompanied by several fanciful birds and attendants. At the lower left corner are four protective deities (including Dhrtarashtra). In the upper left corner is a monastic figure with hands in anjali mudra. In the upper right is a Buddha in the earth-touching gesture with attendants. At the lower right, a large aquatic animal spits fire at one of the birds. Subhuti sits next to a water pot and jar with a fish net on top.


On obverse, in Tibetan in gold paint on dark margin at bottom of painting, a lengthy inscription - to be read.


1919, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1919, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1919)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection