Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
0 selections
Log In
0 selections
lots of lots
Lot 0053
**Originally Listed At $500**

Southeast Asian, Sino-Tibetan, ca. early 20th century CE. This thangka features the manushi buddha Shakyamuni with his hands in the Bhumisparsha mudra and holding a treasure pot to convey the idea of satisfying physical needs. Surrounding this central image are scenes from the life of Buddha. It is incredibly rich for its extensive iconography, large scale, striking use of color, and fine painting. The artist depicted various scenes from the life of Gautama Siddhartha set amidst a sacred mountainous landscape in a stunning color palette of green, blue, gold, brown, cream, and black hues. Beyond this extensive iconography, is the striking stylistic aesthetic and expert technique that the work displays. Surrounding the painted composition is a border of sumptuous red and black silk fabrics, and the artist also created a protective veil of golden umber silk. A wooden dowel fits through the upper end and russet silk ties are attached. Size: 45" L x 28" W (114.3 cm x 71.1 cm)

This Buddha is depicted in the Bhumisparsha mudra, with his right hand over the right knee reaching towards the ground and the palm inward and touching the lotus throne. His left hand lies in his lap with the palm upright. This mudra represents the moment of his awakening, as he defeated the demon Mara, and claimed the earth as his witness to his enlightenment. In this depiction, he also holds a treasure pot. The concept of a pot that is never empty evolved from this image; it is a symbol of wish fulfillment - both spiritual and material.

Provenance: ex-private Bohmer collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.



Minor creases. Stains visible on verso but do not disturb imagery. Fabric shows slight wear. Overall very good.

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Early 20th C. Tibetan Thangka - Life of Buddha

Estimate $800 - $1,200Feb 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA