A Massive Thangka of Shakyamuni Tibet, Late 19th/Early20th century
Lot 836
A Massive Thangka of Shakyamuni
Tibet, Late 19th/Early20th century
US$ 15,000 - 25,000
£11,000 - 19,000

Fine Asian Works of Art

18 Dec 2017, 11:00 PST

San Francisco

Lot Details
A Massive Thangka of Shakyamuni
Tibet, Late 19th/Early20th century
Distemper on cloth; the golden-skinned Buddha seated in dhyanasana holding his hands in dharmachakrapavartina mudra, attired in monks robes open at the chest but covering both shoulders, reversed by an orange and blue mandorla and surrounded by six arhats all upon an intricately rendered cloud and smoke ground now framed and glazed.
72 1/2in (184cm) height exclusive of frame

Footnotes

  • Completed with fine gold lines patterning his garments, ornamenting his green halo, and envisaging the enlightened rays radiating from his body, consistent with a style developed in Beijing, this thangka would have likely served as the centerpiece of a three-part set depicting Shakyamuni with the sixteen arhats. Of impressive size, it might have been displayed within a large monastic audience hall, or outside before the local community during certain festivals.
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