16 September 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 13,750
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
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.
Property from the Collection of Linda Wrigglesworth
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