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    The Van der Wee Collection of Himalayan Paintings

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    A PAINTING OF GUHYASAMAJA

    TIBET, 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAINTING OF GUHYASAMAJA
    TIBET, 19TH CENTURY
    The blue deity seated at center on a lotus throne, in embrace with Sparshavajra and backed by a halo and aureole, clockwise from upper left from Guhyasamaja is Atisha, Avalokiteshvara, Vajradhara, Nagarjuna, with Bengtse at bottom right corner, Vaisravana and Mahakala, all set within a verdant landscape and cloud-filled skies
    28 ¾ x 19 ½ in. (73 x 49.5 cm.)


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    Guhyasamaja is a Buddhist meditational deity that originates from the Guhyasamaja root text, created in the 4th-5th century and ascribed to the sage Asanga. He was greatly favored by the Gelugpa school, founded by Tsongkhapa who received the Guhyasamaja teachings as part of his formation. Three forms of the deity exist, including Akshobhyavajra, Manjuvajra, and Lokeshvara. The present example is Akshobhyavajra his blue form. Compare the present work with a similarly dated painting of Guhyasamaja in the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA #F1997.26.3).

    Provenance

    The Van Der Wee Collection, Belgium, acquired in Brussels, 23 June 1966


    Literature

    L. and P. Van der Wee, A Tale of Thangkas: Living with a Collection, 1995, pp.62, 65, fig.25
    Himalayan Art Resources (himalayanart.org), item no.100619


    Exhibited

    De Taal van de Thangka, Ethnographic Museum, Antwerp, 1995