A red-ground thangka of Shakyamuni Buddha
Tibet, 17th century
With golden skin, blue-black hair in tufts with a gold top-knot ornament and the split ears of a prince, he wears the patched robes of a fully ordained monk. The right hand is extended across the knee in the earth witness mudra of and the left is placed in the lap in the mudra of meditation supporting an upright vajra. With the two legs folded in vajra posture seated above a multicolored lotus and throne protected by elephants. The surrounding large flowering branches support Amitayus at the crown and Padmasambhava and Amitabha at his shoulders. The remaining field is filled with rows of one hundred diminutive Shakyamuni Buddhas.
26 x 17 1/2 in. (66 x 44.4 cm.)