Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary)

མཆོད་རྟེན། 佛塔
(item no. 100602)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: A Tale of Thangkas
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

Bodhgaya Stupa (Copy): this architectural depiction is likely to be the copy of the Bodhgaya stupa in Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal.

At the top of the composition are the Eight Great Bodhisattvas. In the middle portion of the composition on the right and left sides are the Sixteen Great Elders (sthavira/arhat), two attendants and Four Guardian Kings.

The spire of the stupa is filled with small images of the Buddha. The middle sectio contains Vajradhara Buddha and two siddha figure. The bottom of the stupa has Shakyamuni Buddha at the center accompanied on the sides by his two principal disciples. To the left and right of that are the Bddhas of the past and future, Dipamkara and Maitreya.

In the lower composition on the right and left sides is a cityscape scene with many small architectural images of buildings and structures.

At the bottom center the female deity Shri Lakshmi (Pal Lhamo) with Ganapati standing on the left side and Mahamayuri on the right side seated atop a peacock.

Jeff Watt 2-2016

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Publication: A Tale of Thangkas