Subhuti Preaching to the Nagas and Garudas

Tibetan


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

19.128

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

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.

Inscription

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

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection