Usnisa Caitya with Five Dhyani Buddhas

Nepalese
early 18th century


Object Place: Nepal

Dimensions

Overall: 52.7 x 69.7cm (20 3/4 x 27 7/16in.)

Accession Number

07.303

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Pedestals

Painting with decorative borders, mounted on support panel. Would have originally been in thangka format.

The stupa (Buddhist reliquary monument) in the center of the mandala shows the goddess Ushnishavijaya (an emanation of Buddha mind and connected with long life) in its dome. Around the stupa sit various buddhas and other deities. The stupa rests on a huge lotus that grows out of the cosmic ocean.

Provenance

1907, Edward W. Forbes, Cambridge, MA; 1907, gift of Forbes to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 11, 1907)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Waldo Forbes