Tsong-kha-'pa Attended by Hphags-ma-gdugs-dkat (Ushnishasita) and Sgrol-ma Dkar-po (White Tara)

Lamaist-Tibetan
19th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

108 x 78 cm (42 1/2 x 30 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

47.79

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

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

A central figure of a Dalai Lama wearing elaborate robes and a yellow hat holds the stems of two lotuses, one with a sword on it, the other with a book. He emanates golden rays of light and is surrounded by a rainbow aureole. Above him is a silk canopy, foliage, and fruit. Around and below him are hills filled with offerings including fruit, jewels, chakra, conch, cymbals, silk scarf. Below him are two other deities, on the left is Sitatapatra Aparajita and on the right is White Tara.

Inscription

On reverse, in red ink, in Tibetan, "Om, ah, hum" behind each major deity. Tibetan inscriptions also woven into silk of veil.

Provenance

1947, Lucy Truman Aldrich, Providence, RI; 1947, gift of Aldrich to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich