University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameThangka
Object Number: 51-4-129
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Amitabha Buddha
Avalokitesvara
Vajrapani
Sakyamuni Buddha
Buddha
Bodhisattvas
Monk
Deva
Gandharva
Green Tara
Five Dhyani Buddhas
Dragons
Bats
Clouds
Sukhavati
Songtsen Gampo
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Robert R. Service, 1951
Other Number28-W - Other Number
6-1959-7 - Other Number

Description

Painting. Amitabha Buddha in the Sukhavati Pureland. Amitabha Buddha seated against a palace pavilion, attended by Avalokitesvara (4 armed form, rare here), and Vajrapani. Four teaching Buddhas at corners of palace enclosure, Sakyamuni bottom center. Ten standing Buddhas on clouds at each side. More bodhisattvas, monks and devas in adoration. Gandharvas and other celestial votaries offering music and gifts from above. Below the throne, King Songtsen Gampo, Avalokitesvara (4 armed) and Green Tara, etc. Above: the Five Dhyani Buddhas in bodhisattva dress. East Tibetan type, extremely interesting iconographically because of its variations on a rather familiar theme. Fine mounting of old Chinese satin, with dragons, bats and clouds, early to middle 18th century.


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