Compare with several related embroidered thankas of this date. One in the Cleveland Museum of Art, numbered 'Seventh Bodhisattva' on the reverse, and most similar to the present lot, was included in the exhibition catalogue, J.C.Y. Watt and A.P. Wardwell, When Silk Was Gold, Central Asian and Chinese Textiles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997, pp. 207-8, no. 63, where another thanka, numbered 'Tenth Bodhisattva', identified as Manjusri, is mentioned as being in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The authors state that at least ten other small thankas of this composition are known, apparently from five different sets.
Also illustrated in the catalogue, op. cit., p. 209, fig. 90, is a line drawing of a Tibetan Buddhist temple interior, showing the placement of painted consecration thankas. These would have been briefly suspended from the interior beams during special festivals.