A Gelugpa lineage mandala Tibet, circa 1800
Lot 40
A Gelugpa lineage mandala
Tibet, circa 1800
US$ 10,000 - 15,000
£6,000 - 9,100
Auction Details
A Gelugpa lineage mandala Tibet, circa 1800 A Gelugpa lineage mandala Tibet, circa 1800
Lot Details
A Gelugpa lineage mandala
Tibet, circa 1800
Distemper on cloth; seated on the central lotus is Shakyamuni Buddha with Tsongkapa in front, surrounded by a tightly packed group of lineage teachers of the Gelugpa School, above are Vajradhara and the associated Indian adepts, at the top surrounded by pink lotus petals are meditational deities, buddhas and the Sixteen Great Arhats, all in concentric circles, outside of the lotus and seated on green lotus leaves are the four principal protectors Shadbhuja Mahakala, Brahmarupa Mahakala, Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo and Yama Dharmaraja, along with the Four Great Kings of the Directions, to the middle left are a Black Jambhala and a White Jambhala and with a 'Secret Accomplishment' Hayagriva in the bottom center.
Image: 23 x 15 1/4 in. (58.5 x 38 cm)

Footnotes

  • This 'Field of Accumulation' painting is a rare composition where the viewer sees a vertical hierarchy of figures but is expected to understand that what is depicted is actually a square throne with a giant lotus blossom on top. Other similar compositions are in the National Gallery of Prague (HAR #57633), Rubin Museum of Art (HAR #65800), and the American Museum of Natural History (HAR #94328)

    Published:
    HAR #41003 - http://www.himalayanart.org/image.cfm/41003.html

    Provenance:
    Collection Mr. and Mrs. Sueo Serisawa
    On loan to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (undated label on back of frame with collectors names), possibly from 1970s
    Private Collection, by gift in 2004

    Sueo Serisawa (1910-2004) became known as one of the leading figures in the Los Angeles-based Modernist movements in art in the 1940-60s and was known to be interested in the writings of the Indian philosopher, J. Krishnamurti, and studied the art and teachings of Zen Buddhism.
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