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Yama and Yami

Tibetan
about 17th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

99 x 68 cm (39 x 26 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

14.83

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton, mounted with silk brocade and wood dowels

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, no streamers or veil.

Yama and Yami stand on a bull, engulfed in flames. At the top of the painting are three Gelukpa (yellow-hat) lamas seated on thrones. Around the central couple, on all four sides, are fifteen wrathful deities, each engulfed in flames, some riding on animal vehicles.

Inscription

On reverse, in red ink, mantras.

Provenance

1913, with a Mr. Re, China; October 5, 1913, sold by Mr. Re to Koichi Hayasaki (b. 1874 - d. 1956) and taken to Japan [see note 1]; December, 1913, shipped to Boston and purchased by the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1914)

NOTES:

[1] Koichi Hayasaki served as the MFA's purchasing agent in China.

Credit Line

Chinese and Japanese Special Fund