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Gelugpa Lineage Tree

early 19th century

Object Place: Tibet


118 x 67 cm (46 7/16 x 26 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton, mounted with silk brocades

Not On View





Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers, veil and decorative stitched borders.

Gelugpa lamas, Buddhas, and other deities appear seated on a large tree. At the top is a Gelugpa lama holding a begging bowl and a small figure of a deity (perhaps Vajradhara). He is backed by two lotuses, one holding a stupa. Above on the clouds are more lamas and a scene with the Buddha. In the upper left corner, a yellow-skinned Bodhisattva stands behind two gelugpa monks in a pavilion. In the upper right corner, an orange Buddha meditates, flanked by white and green Boddhisattvas with praying monks in front, also in a pavilion. Monks and deities appear in a triangular arrangement of clouds. Below, on the right, are monks and lamas making offerings to deities and to the lineage. On the lower left are lay people offering a flaming jewel and an elephant with a flaming jewel on its back. On the lower right, a monk offers a tray of white objects.


1947, Elizabeth Day McCormick (b. 1873 - d. 1957), Chicago, IL; 1947, gift of McCormick to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1947)

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection