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Shakyamuni Buddha

18th century

Object Place: Tibet

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades, silk dust cover, wood dowel, brass knobs, and leather corner tabs

Not On View





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

Shakyamuni Buddha sits on a lotus throne, his right hand in Bhumisparsa mudra, his left hand holding a begging bowl decorated with gold designs. He wears “patchwork” robes and is surrounded by radiating gold rays, an aureole of gold foliage and gemstones, foliage and flowers. Below are white Tara, flowers, offerings of cymbals, conch, mirror, and fruit. Above are three yellow-hat lamas, the central one being a Dalai Lama.


On reverse, in Tibetan, "Om, Ah, Hum" three times on the back of the main figure.


1992, George and Verena Rybicki, Lexington, MA; 1992, gift of Rybicki to the MFA in memory of William Stanley and Janet Morgan. (Accession Date: May 26, 1992)

Credit Line

Gift of George and Verena Rybicki, in memory of William Stanley and Janet Morgan