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Thangka

Native NameThangka
Object Number:51-4-126
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Buddhist
Lamaism
Bonpa Sect
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Pigment
Textile
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Mahakala
Bon Cosmology
Queen
King
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Robert R. Service, 1951
Other Number:28 - Other Number
6-1959-6 - Other Number
CG94-1-155 - Found in Collection Number

Description

Painting. Bonpag (Black Lama) painting. Mahakala, Sadhu (Legden). The deities are not decipherable, as very little is known about this religion (but see description of 51-4-127). Bottom center: a plan of the Universe (Bon cosmology). Lower right: a Tibetan queen with her entourage and a row of distaffs. Lower left: a Tibetan king with his palace-fortress, and a row of arrows. Extremely interesting and very valuable. Practically unique in the Occident. Bottom center: a fragment of Chinese textile with human figures which may be very, very old.

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