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The Nine Dra-lha Brothers

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

53.5 x 38.5 cm (21 1/16 x 15 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.744

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting with no borders, possibly originally in thangka format.

A large central figure of a Dra-lha appears at the center, surrounded by his eight brothers. Each rides a horse, wears warrior armor, is surrounded by flames, and has a hawk flying at his side. Below are offerings to the deities, including armor, musical instruments, horses, camels, animal skins, weapons, and wild animals as well as brocades, coral, jewels, and a bowl of flowers. The border is painted red. Painting is in very poor, very fragile condition.

Inscription

On reverse, in red ink, in Tibetan script: "Om, ah, hum" at center of deities.

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