University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:29-198-1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 17th Century
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 17th Century
Section:Asian
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Vairochana
Lotus
Bodhisattva
Dainichi Nyorai
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. John L. LeConte & Robert G. LeConte, 1914
Other Number:GETZ 282 - Other Number

Description

Temple scroll. Illuminated painting of Maha Vairochana Tathagata (Dainichi Nyorai), one of the Triratna or Buddhist trinity, also called the Deity of Wisdom and Perfect Purity. Chinese name, Dari Rulai, meaning Great Light. Golden body, seated on a padmasana (lotus throne), against a pale rose colored nimbus, and wearing the mukuto (tall crown) with small Buddha image, implying a former Boddhisattva state. Meditation mudra. The positions of the hands are supposed to express one of mystical gradations of meditation (samadha) or ecstasy. Above the crown a black prayer disk with golden Lancha characters. Below disc are two others each with single Chinese character. All is supported by an upright golden vajra emblem, or dorje, with a lotus pedestal beneath.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East.. Philadelphia. pg. 52 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 3View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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