Sakyamuni Buddha

18th century

Object Place: Tibet


96 x 65.5 cm (37 13/16 x 25 13/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 67.3 x 52.0 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton

Not On View





Painting with no borders, but still with a bottom hanging rod attached. Would have originally been in thangka format.

Painting with decorative borders. Would have originally been in thangka format. A golden-skinned Buddha sits on a lotus throne with his hands in dhyana mudra, holding a begging bowl. He wears an elaborate patched robe. In the stylized clouds above him sit 9 red-skinned, crowned figures, each holding a vase, probably representing Amitayus. Below him, in a stylized mountain setting, sit nine bare-heaed figures, porbably Arhats, each holding different attributes. Very similar in style and layout to MFA 21.742.


1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection