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A Thanka with Scenes from the Avadana Kalpalata
A Thanka with Scenes from the Avadana Kalpalata

EASTERN TIBET, KHAM, 18TH CENTURY

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A Thanka with Scenes from the Avadana Kalpalata
Eastern Tibet, Kham, 18th Century
With numerous episodes from Buddha's past and present life in an expansive river and mountain landscape, an image of Buddha amidst scrolls above
23 x 16 in. (58.4 x 42 cm.)

Lot Essay

This genre of historical painting showing Buddha surrounded by scenes from his life is known as avadana ("experiental tales"), here following a stylistic scheme developed by Situ Panchen. Other examples, from the Ernst Jucker Collection, are illustrated in D. Jackson, A History of Tibetan Painting, 1996, pls. 53 and 54; and from the Rubin Collection, M. Rhie and R. Thurman, Worlds of Transformation, 1999, cat. nos. 7-9.
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