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    Sale 2024

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 558

    An embroidered thangka

    TIBET, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    An embroidered thangka
    Tibet, 17th century
    Depicting Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, seated on a lotus flower rising from the sea, a transcendent Buddha above him accompanied by two acolytes with offerings
    Embroidered silk on silk ground 18 1/8 x 15 in. (46 x 38 cm.)


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    This rare example of a Tibetan thangka is embroidered on a white silk ground that was probably a much earlier sacred prayer scarf. The style of embroidery suggested Tibetan workmanship rather than Chinese.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Linda Wrigglesworth