Portrait of a Lama in a Landscape
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.)
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)
The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection