Thanka

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

67 x 54 cm (26 3/8 x 21 1/4 in.); Legacy dimension: 67.2 x 52.0 cm

Accession Number

21.733

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting with no borders, possibly originally in thangka format.

Shakyamuni Buddha sits at center on an elaborate lotus throne with his hands in dharmachakra mudra. Directly above him is Amitabha Buddha and on either side and below him are four standing Bodhisattvas, each holding the stem of a lotus flower. Above are stylized clouds. Below are hills, rocks, and flowing water. Appears to be directly related to 21.732 (Bodhisattvas in identical outfits, similar iconography, similar rocks).

Inscription

On reverse, in red paint, three character mantras: Om, Ah, Hum, behind each deity. Longer central inscription needs to be translated (photographed).

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