Tibetan and Southeast Asian Painting
A Tibetan thangka of Dharmatala
Ink and color on fabric, with silk damask and brocade borders and now mounted on board applied with silk; the upasaka (layman) messenger of the sixteen arhats with a fly-whisk and carrying a portable book-stand while walking with a small tiger in a landscape scattered with scenes from the life of the Buddha below small images of Shakyamuni, Amitabha and Manjusri, all above two large lokapala, Virupaksha, the Guardian of the West, holding a golden chorten and snake and the Guardian of the North Vaishravana-Namthosa seated with a cylindrical banner and jewel-spitting mongoose, each accompanied by demonic attendants and another tutelary divinity.
28 x 18 1/4in (71.3 x 46.5cm)
65 x 36in (165 x 91.4cm) overall