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A thangka of Lowo Khenchen Sonam Lhundrub
A thangka of Lowo Khenchen Sonam Lhundrub

TIBET, 15TH CENTURY

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A thangka of Lowo Khenchen Sonam Lhundrub
Tibet, 15th century
Seated with hands in dharmachakramudra on a lotus base over a stepped lion throne, wearing red and orange brocade robes over a jacket and red pandita hat, holding two lotus stems bearing a book and sword, flanked by two standing figures also holding lotus stems, all backed by a large torana with golden deities at top, further surrounded by the scenes of his life, all set in a verdant mountainous landscape
Opaque pigments and gold on textile
28 x 21¾ in. (71.1 x 55.2 cm.)
Provenance
Onno Janssens Collection, Netherlands, acquired from Christie's, Amsterdam, 11 October 1994, lot 146

Lot Essay

Lowo Khenchen Sonam Lhundrub, or just Sonam Lhundrub and also known as Legp'a Jungne, lived from 1456-1532. He was the son of the Second Mustang Dharma King - Agon Sangpo. He traveled to Central Tibet several times to study at the great Sakya and Ngor monasteries.

Standing to his right is Jamyang Kunga Sonam Dragpa (1485-1533), the 23rd Sakya Trizin, and to his left is Ngagchang Chenpo Kunga Rinchen (1517-1584), the 24th Sakya Trizin. Sonam Lhundrub was a teacher to both of these important religious and political figures.

This is the only known painting depicting his life story in one composition, starting with birth at upper right and proceeding clockwise to his death and cremation at upper left. This painting was commissioned by Palden Lodro, on whom there is currently no further information. For two sculptures depicting Lowo Khenchen Sonam Lhundrub, see Himalayan Art Resources, www.himalayanart.org, item nos. 66788 and 68305.

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