Temple hanging

Chinese for Tibet
Qing dynasty
1768


Object Place: Nanking, China

Dimensions

231.1 x 355.6 cm (91 x 140 in.)

Accession Number

1984.526

Medium or Technique

Silk lampas with silk and gold metallic thread

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Temple hanging of blue silk lampas with design in gold of nine five-toed dragons clutching the Pearl of Wisdom, symbols of the emperor and his royal power, Buddhist emblems such as the Wheel of Law, canopy of state, pairs of fish, endless knot, vase and conch shell intermingling with auspicious clouds, bats and cranes, the conch shell; eyes of animals are accented with light brown silk; along the top is a row of fierce stylized masks with a jeweled garland hanging from the mouths; Tibetan inscription.

Inscription

Inscription: "May my wishes be fully accomplished! Cone Tsha-rdor No-mon-han, King of the Dhama of Shar-rste, Abbot of gYung-gung of the great country of China offers this curtain made of fine fabric. May living being who are my mother and that of others, be purified of the two obscurities, may they quickly achieve the two assemblages, may they go beyond all the essential points of the practice of the sons of Buddha, and attain the Bodhi of the highest perfection, through the virtue (of this offering). (This curtain was) offered after having been made respectfully by Er-te-ni No-mon-han of imperial order, Co-ne Tsha-rdor of Ser samde, King of the Dhama of Shar-rste, to Ngag-dbang Tshul-khrims, in the 33rd year of the Khyan-lung (1768), king of China. bKra-shis! Mang-ga-lam!"

Provenance

Woven at the Imperial factory (S. China Nanking area) and presented by the abbot of Gyung-gung, the most important Lamaist monastery in north-eastern Beijing, to a Tibetan abbot, Ngag-dbang Tshul-khrims; purchased by the MFA, 1984

Credit Line

Keith McLeod Fund