Shakyamuni and Scenes of Life

Tibetan
17th century


Object Place: Tibet/China

Dimensions

132 x 76.5 cm (51 15/16 x 30 1/8 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.781 x 0.516 m

Accession Number

26.244

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting without decorative borders, possibly originally in thangka format.

Sakyamuni sits on lotus throne in bhumisparsa and dhyana mudra. He is surrounded by scenes, from his life or from jataka stories, set in verdant landscape. Very Chinese in style. Condition: so-so, some losses. Obverse: small gold inscriptions identifying scenes. Part of set with 26.242 and 26.243. Possibly also 29.659 and 50.3776.

Inscription

Small gold inscriptions identifying scenes and color notations under paint in Chinese.

Provenance

1926, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1926, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 2, 1926)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection