Shakyamuni Buddha

Tibetan or Chinese
18th–19th century


122.5 x 79 cm (48 1/4 x 31 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton; silk panel

Not On View





Painting with decorative borders, mounted on support panel. Would have originally been in thangka format.

Sakyamuni Buddha sits cross-legged on lotus throne making bhumi-sparsa and dhyana mudras. He is flanked by two monastic attendants. Above, at center is blue Vajradhara. At left is Buddha in teaching gesture. Below at center is pink Kubera (with mongoose and water pot). At left is green Tara making varada and dharma chakra mudras. At right is white Tara in same gesture.
Obverse: small gold inscriptions identifying figures.
Severely abraded but exquisite painting.


1904, Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, MA; 1904, gift of the James Fund to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 1904)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund