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A Thanka of Begtse
A Thanka of Begtse

TIBET, 17TH CENTURY

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A Thanka of Begtse
Tibet, 17th Century
Finely painted with Begtse attended by his wife and son dressed in chainmail armor wearing a garland of severed heads, brandishing a scorpion-handled sword and holding a bleeding heart, trampling on a green horse and prostrated figure amidst a mountainous landscape with a retinue of twenty-nine butchers below in varying attitudes, the reverse with sacred symbols 'Ohm a hum' painted in the colors of the cardinal directions at center and behind the heads of figures below, mounted with silk brocade woven with flaming dragons amidst cloudscrolls
Thanka: 20¼ x 13 in. (51.4 x 33 cm.); brocade: 41½ x 23¼ in. (105.4 x 59 cm.)
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