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西藏 十九世紀 金剛薩埵唐卡
This thangka's horizontal format follows compositions commonly painted on walls in monastic chapels and was popular within the Gelug order since at least the 18th century. The format was possibly inspired by the imperial Qing workshop, producing examples which are held in the Palace Museum, Beijing (Wang [ed.], Zangchuan Fojiao Tangka, Hong Kong, 2006, pp. 262-285, nos. 240-263).
Vajrasattva and his consort in this union comprise a Vajrayana meditational deity used for the purification of sins and defilements in many Tantric cycles. Flanked by equally sized figures of Ekavira Vajrabhairava and Naro Dakini, with a Gelug hierarch and Shakyamuni above, and Chitipati with Yama Dharmaraja and offerings below.
Another thangka of Vajrasattva and consort was sold at Bonhams, Paris, 1-10 June 2021, lot 65. Compare other horizontal-format thangkas sold at Christie's, New York, 12 September 2012, lot 574; Bonhams, London, 12 May 2022, lot 203; and Hong Kong, 5 October 2020, lot 121.
Private California Collection, since 2010