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    Sale 2271

    Indian and South East Asian Art: Including Highlights from the Star Collection

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1419

    A Thangka of Tonpa Shenrab


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    A Thangka of Tonpa Shenrab
    Tibet, 18th/19th century
    Seated at center on a sun disk over a multicolored lotus, wearing gold and red robes and holding a begging bowl with a flower inside, the face framed by a green halo backed by a torana surrounded with clouds, set within a green landscape with narrative scenes annotated by Tibetan inscriptions written in gold
    Opaque pigments and gold on textile
    27¾ x 17¼ in. (70 x 44 cm.)

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    Tonpa Shenrab is the founder of the Bon religion. For another example of the same subject, see S. Karmay and J. Watt, Bon: The Magic Word, 2007, p. 33, fig. 19.