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Shakya Order Monks  Search this
Opaque watercolor on cloth
H x W: 87.7 x 78 cm (34 1/2 x 30 11/16 in)
Ngor Monastery, Tibet
ca. 1430
The central field with four mandalas, three with red, blue and yellow forms of Naro-dakini, the fourth with a blue unidentified deity, all surrounded by various emanations and other deities, placed within the squares, each of the four entrances flanked by a pair of makaras, the outer circle consisting of five-coloured lotus petals and a ring of fire, the centre with two debating monks, surrounded by four smaller ones, along the borders are depicted the eight cremation grounds, each with a mahasiddha surrounded by various scenes, the upper border depicts sixteen various gods, with a pair of dakinis at the outsides, the others in embrace with their female partner, the lower register with sixteen various coloured dakinis, all against a green scrolling background, the reverse with many mantras and short inscription with dedication to Naro-dakini and probably with the original light-green brocade mountings.
William H. Wolff, 1963 [1]
Makler Family Collection [2]
From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased at auction, Christie's, Amsterdam, November 19, 1997, lot no. 8 [3]
[1] According to Curatorial Note 2 in the object record.
[2] See note 1.
[3] See note 1.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
Previous custodian or owner:
William H. Wolff, Inc. (1906-1991)
Christie's (Amsterdam)
Buddhism  Search this
lotus  Search this
dog  Search this
Vajravali  Search this
mahasiddha  Search this
mandala  Search this
Tibet  Search this
vulture  Search this
monk  Search this
makara  Search this
skull  Search this
Naropa  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery