University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameThangka
Object Number:CG94-1-58C
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet (uncertain)
Date Made: 18 Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Canvas
Technique:Painting
Iconography:Sakyamuni Buddha
Elders
Guardian Kings
Arhat
Hva Shang
Dharmatala

Description

Central Śākyamuni thangka from a set of three showing the standard grouping of Śākyamuni, the Sixteen Arhats, and the Four Heavenly Kings, together with Hva Shang and Dharmatala, and other divine and human figures. This painting is presumed to form a set with CG94-1-58A and B. Below the large central figure of Śākyamuni we see Hva Shang in the lower right corner, and Dharmatala at the lower left. This composition belongs to a set of paintings depicting the Buddha, the Two Principal Students, the Sixteen Elders, Two Attendants and Four Guardian Kings. All attendants are painted in green, orange, red, gold, blue, and etc. Sewn on the top and both sides.


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