Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shakyamuni Buddha - Shakyamuni

ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ། 释迦牟尼佛
(item no. 100603)
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: Person

Appearance: Buddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Shakyamuni Buddha (Tibetan: sang gye sha kya tu pa. English: the Enlightened One, Sage of the Shakya Clan) with attendants. This is the first composition in a painting set depicting the life story of Shakyamuni Buddha. The set is likely composed of eleven or thirteen compositions.

Several monastic figures are portrayed to the sides and in front of the throne along with Brahma, yellow in colour, with four faces and Vishnu, white in colour, holding a conch shell. Painting sets such as this are often created from wood block prints and then coloured.

Jeff Watt 2-2016

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Shakyamuni Buddha: Main Page
Publication: A Tale of Thangkas
Shakyamuni Buddha: Life Story Main Page
Collection: Bonhams New York (Painting & Sculpture. March, 2017)
Collection: Bonhams San Francisco (Painting. June, 2018)