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A PAINTING OF SARVAVID MAHA VAIROCHANA
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTOR
A PAINTING OF SARVAVID MAHA VAIROCHANA

TIBET, 17TH-18TH CENTURY

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A PAINTING OF SARVAVID MAHA VAIROCHANA
TIBET, 17TH-18TH CENTURY
35 x 24 ¾ in. (88.9 x 62.9 cm.)
Provenance
Private collection, New York, 1990s, by repute.
Literature
Himalayan Art Resources, item no. 24630.

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Lot Essay

The present painting depicts the deity, Maha Vairochana, as he appears according to the Sarvadurgati Parishodhana Tantra. It is possible this painting was once part of a set of three that depicted the full retinue of the Thirty-Seven Deity Mandala of all the Families of Great Vairochana, but arranged schematically instead of in mandala-form. Compare the present painting with a seventeenth-century Tibetan painting of the Sarvavid Maha Vairochana mandala in the Lostand Foundation, published on Himalayan Art Resources (item no. 90402); while the Lostand Foundation example is arranged in a typical mandala fashion, both works demonstrate similar treatments of the deities, landscape, and overall color palette.

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