The Fifth Dharma (Religious) King of Shambhala, Sureshvara (Divine King)
second half of the 17th century
43.18 x 35.24 cm (17 x 13 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper on cotton
Not On View
Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with replacement streamers, veil, and decorative stitched borders.
The kings of Shambhala, a mythic region in Central Asia, are said to have practiced and taught a Buddhist system of belief known as the Kalachakra. Kalachakra is highly esteemed among Tibetan Buddhists (Lamaists), who celebrate the kings as major proponents of the religion. The fifth king of Shambhala is shown seated in a posture of ease on a draped throne in a mountainous setting. He is attended by servants who carry a lotus and a pictorial fan.
1906, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1906, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 8, 1906)
Denman Waldo Ross Collection