University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameThangka
Object Number: 51-41-11
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 17th Century - 18th Century
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Paint
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Amitayus Buddha
Tara
Ushnishavijaya
Mahakala
Naropa
Sita Samvara
High Lama
Buddhist Symbols
Height: 191.13cm
Width: 109.54cm
Credit Line:Gift of Schuyler V. R. Cammann, 1951
Other Number6-1959-3 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number

Description

Painting. The seated central figure is probably Amitayus, the name given to Amitabha (Buddha of Infinite Light) in his role of Bestower of Longevity. To the lower left is the goddess Ushnishavijaya, the goddess of the ushnisha (the protuberance on the skull of the Buddha which symbolizes intelligence). To the lower right is one of the Taras, a popular goddess in the Lama pantheon. In the bottom center is Mahakala, god of wealth and special protector of the Mongolian Buddhists, embracing his sakti consort. Toward the top Naropa, Sita Samvara, and a high lama incarnation are depicted.There is an inscription in Tibetan below. The thangka is mounted in Ming Dynasty cloud-woven silk and 17th century early Qing Dynasty tribute silks (red and gold). The back is sheer golden silk with Buddhist symbols in the tie dye.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] White, Joyce C. & Lang, Stephen A. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 96-110. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 103, Fig. 45View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 51View Objects cited in this Publication

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