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Tibetan Thanka of Shakayamuni Buddha

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Lot 0127 Details

Description
"Life of Buddha", ink and color on linen, early 20th century. Retains original red wax seal of export approval placed on the back by the Chinese Government. Chinese law demanded that a red wax seal be placed on the scroll to deem it eligible for export, and therefore unimportant to the cultural history of the Chinese people. These seals were placed on antique relics and paintings when China opened up to the Western World in the late 1970s and 1980s. 29" x 18"

Thankas were painted by the Monks of Buddhist temples and required months to complete.

Condition: good, lacks original silk brocade mounting.

Provenance: The current owner inherited the Thanka from his uncle, who originally purchased the work from an antique dealer. [Keywords: historical, imperial, antiquities, religion, Buddhism]

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Tibetan Thanka of Shakayamuni Buddha

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500May 24, 2014
Starting Price $870
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