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

19th century

Object Place: Tibet


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

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Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View





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.


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


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