|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc.# F1997.31.9|
|Painting School||Palpung / Situ|
Gunaprabha and Shakyaprabha: two scholars that belong to the group known as the Six Ornaments and Two Excellent Ones of the Southern Continent; with the bodhisattva Samantabhadra holding a blue vase in the sky above.
Gunaprabha, contemplative in appearance, intent in thought, sits firmly upright. The two hands are held up to the heart the right performing the mudra (gesture) of Dharma explication and the left holding a religious folio book. Wrapped in a red patchwork upper robe sewn from discarded strips of cloth and an orange robe below, he has an aureola of pink ethereal light encircling the head. In a western style with the legs extended in front he sits atop a square seat, sparsely decorated, with billowing clouds rising behind.
Shakyaprabha, at the lower right, wears similar orange and red attire, holding upraised the right hand and supports himself with the left pressed to the ground. Seated in a relaxed posture atop a blue mat he looks upward with the head wreathed by an aureole of pink. At the left a traveler dressed in white with a thatched wicker shoulder pack gazes above as a deer with large antlers grazes on fresh cut leaves stored in the pack.
At the top left of the composition, the bodhisattva Samantabhadra, with long black hair and white garments, stands on cushion-like clouds, holding upraised a large blue vase. At the right, rocky cliffs of purple and green rise upward and the foreground is sparse with a sloping grassy plain.
Jeff Watt 5-99