• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 816

    A thangka of Padmasambhava


    Price Realised  


    A thangka of Padmasambhava
    Tibeto-Chinese, 17th century
    Seated in dhyanasana on a lotus blossom rising from water, holding a vajra in his raised hand and a skull cup in the left, flanked by his wives Yeshe Tsogyal and Mandarava surrounded by his eight manifestations
    22 3/8 x 14 7/8 in. (57 x 37.8 cm.)

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    Padmasambhava is one of the traditional founders of Buddhism in Tibet, and together with Yeshe Tsogyal and Mandarava, the three together are known as the "Three Principal Ones of Oddiyana." Shantirakshita and King Trisongdetsen, the other two founders of Tibetan Buddhism, are present in the lower center of this thangka.