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Portrait of a Lama in a Landscape

about 1800?

Object Place: Tibet


Overall: 135 x 71cm (53 1/8 x 27 15/16in.) Other (Image): 70 x 41cm (27 9/16 x 16 1/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted in silk satin

Not On View





Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with decorative stitched borders, no streamers or veil.

A lama, perhaps of the Nyingma sect, wearing a pandit’s hat and monastic robes sits to the left of center in 3/4 profile. Above to the left is Samantabhadra in yab-yum amidst clouds and mountains. Above to the right is a lama blessing a devotee. Below right is Palden Lhamo. At the lower left are two female figures unrolling a rainbow as if it were a scroll. A male figure walks on the rainbow, covering his mouth with his sleeve. All of this is set in a landscape of rocky, gold-trimmed mountains.


On obverse, in Tibetan, at the base of the painting, a long inscription - to be read.


1947, Elizabeth Day McCormick, Chicago, IL; 1947, gift of McCormick to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1947)

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection