Tsong-kha-pa Surrounded by His Two Favourite Disciples and Twenty-two Deities

19th century

Object Place: Tibet


Height x width: 82.8 x 57.2 cm (32 5/8 x 22 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View





Painting with stitched decorative borders (possibly mounted on original fabric), mounted on support panel. Would have originally been in thangka format.

Tsong-kha-pa, seated, wearing a yellow cap and robes of red and brick color. Hands at breast, each holding the stem of a lotus, the flowers of which rise above shoulded level. The blossom on the right supports a sword, the one on the left, a book. He is flanked by two of his leading disciples and surrounded by twenty-two deities in total. Each deity has his little shine and is identified by inscriptions. The geometric structure is typical of later painting from the central regions of Tibet.


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

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich