2. Thangka of a Panchen Lama, Tsedong Monastery
Tibet; Tibet, Tsedong Monastery
Natural pigments and gold paint on prepared fabric, matted
22 x 17.5 inches/ 56 x 44.5 cm
An exquisite Tibetan thangka from Tsedong Monastery, probably depicting a Panchen Lama (this is a correction from information previously provided here). He sits on a lion throne with entwined dragons circling his nimbus, with other Gelugpa lineage teachers to his upper left and right. Amitayus, White Tara, and various other deities surround the throne. His right hand holds the stem of a lotus which supports the Sword of Manjusri, in his left hand a Vase of Long Life anchors a lotus on which a book of the teachings rests. Various peaceful offerings are displayed in front of his throne, devis holding auspicious symbols float in clouds, and forest animals frolic in the mountainous landscape visible in the background. The painting is in beautiful condition, with its surface intact and gold line work undisturbed.
Detail: Thangka of Panchen Lama (Tsedong), detail