Subject: Pilgrimage Paintings

Pilgrimage Outline Page | Chinese Export Art | Depictions of the Lhasa Jowo

Art as commodity was somewhat known in Tibet for the last several hundred years with paintings produced in advance for sale to pilgrims and traders traveling to Tibet from India, Nepal, China and Mongolia. In Tibet the market places of Lhasa and Shigatse appear to be the primary sources for such paintings and objects of general consumption.

Pilgrimage paintings directed towards the Nepalese travelers and traders are generally identified by a black border with a Nepalese or Newar inscription at the bottom of the composition. The inscription almost always includes a date, the name of the donor and the individual or special purpose of dedication. (The images here are only a quick selection of paintings).

Hayagriva (Buddhist Deity)
Hayagriva (Buddhist Deity)
Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha: Pureland (Sukhavati)
Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha
Pureland (Sukhavati)
Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha: Pureland (Sukhavati)
Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha
Pureland (Sukhavati)
Tara (Buddhist Deity): Green
Tara (Buddhist Deity)
Green
Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha
Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha
Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity): Rakta Lokeshvara (Red Lord of the World)
Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity)
Rakta Lokeshvara (Red Lord of the World)
Sitatapatra (Buddhist Deity): (1000 faces, 1000 hands)
Sitatapatra (Buddhist Deity)
(1000 faces, 1000 hands)
Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity): Rakta Lokeshvara (Red Lord of the World)
Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity)
Rakta Lokeshvara (Red Lord of the World)
Wheel of Life
Wheel of Life