The Fifth Dharma (Religious) King of Shambhala, Sureshvara (Divine King)

Tibetan
second half of the 17th century


Dimensions

43.18 x 35.24 cm (17 x 13 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

06.324

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

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.

Provenance

1906, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1906, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 8, 1906)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection