Shakyamuni Buddha Distemper on cloth Bhutan 19th century
Lot 1118
A thangka of Shakyamuni Buddha Bhutan, 19th century
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A thangka of Shakyamuni Buddha
Bhutan, 19th century
Distemper on cloth; the Buddha's right hand is extended across the knee in the mudra of 'earth witness' and the left is placed in the lap in meditation supporting a black begging bowl filled with flowers. With the peaceful gaze of meditation, blue-black hair in tufts with a gold top-knot ornament and the split ears of a prince, he wears the patched saffron red robes of a fully ordained monk. With the two legs folded in vajra posture he sits above a multicolored lotus. At each side stand his principle students Shariputra and Maudgalayana, each holding a khakkhara staff and a begging bowl. The top center is Amitayus flanked by a Amitabha and Maitreya, with Shadaksari and Padmasambhava below. At the bottom Green Tara and Marichi flank a golden cakra and piles of precious jewels.
Image: 51 x 35 in. (129.5 x 88.9 cm.); Including silks 76 x 45 in. (193 x 114.3 cm.)


  • Compare with a closely related composition in the Tango Bhuddhist Institute, Thimpu, Bhutan, see Bartholomew and Johnson, The Dragon's Gift, 2008, no. 17, p. 182 and a set of arhat thangkas formerly in the Jucker Collection, see Sotheby's. New York, March 26, 2006, lots 131-134.

    Private California Collection
    Acquired in Indian in 1950s
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