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    Sale 12893

    The Van der Wee Collection of Himalayan Paintings

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 121

    A SILK EMBROIDERED THANGKA OF MAHOTTARA HERUKA

    TIBET, 19TH CENTURY

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    A SILK EMBROIDERED THANGKA OF MAHOTTARA HERUKA
    TIBET, 19TH CENTURY
    The winged fierce deity with eight legs, twenty-one heads and forty two arms each holding a small figure of Buddha, standing in embrace with Buddhakrodesvari, on a lotus throne and backed by flames
    20 7/8 x 18 ¼ in. (53 x 46 cm.)


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    Heruka Mahottara is the supreme deity of the Eight Herukas. With an extremely wrathful demeanor, the winged god appears maroon in color with twenty-one faces, forty-two arms and multiple legs. A comparable painted thangka is in the Brooklyn Museum of Art (36.751).

    Provenance

    The Van Der Wee Collection, Belgium, acquired in Amsterdam, October 1969


    Literature

    L. P. Van der Wee, Tibetan Appliqué Hangings in European Collections, The Bulletin of the Needle and Bobbin Club, vol. 58 p.35-36, fig.4
    L. and P. Van der Wee, A Tale of Thangkas: Living with a Collection, 1995, pp.64-67, fig.26
    Himalayan Art Resources (himalayanart.org), item no.100620


    Exhibited

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