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Painted Banner (Thangka) of Bodhisattva Maitreya Surrounded by his Retinue

A work made of opaque watercolor and gold on cotton.
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  • A work made of opaque watercolor and gold on cotton.

Date:

16th century

Artist:

Tibet
Southern Tibet

About this artwork

The bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha of the future, and the successor of Shakyamuni Buddha, is identifiable by the tiny, gold waterpot perched on the lotus near his shoulder at right. He is flanked by two other bodhisattvas; the green one is Vajrapani and the golden one is most likely Manjusri. Collectively, these three deities represent Shakyamuni Buddha’s virtues: Maitreya is the manifestation of his compassion, Manjusri is the manifestation of his wisdom; and Vajrapani is the manifestation of his power. Most of the deities in the margins form part of the bodhisattva’s retinue. The monk who officiated at the thangka’s consecration is at lower right in white.

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Title

Painted Banner (Thangka) of Bodhisattva Maitreya Surrounded by his Retinue

Origin

Tibet

Date

1501–1600

Medium

Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton

Dimensions

50.2 × 39.7 cm (19 3/4 × 15 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

Reference Number

2014.1025

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