**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
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