four Sakya-monks

ink and gold on yellow silk
Southern Tibet, 15th cent.
82 x 57 cm.

Rare painting of Sakya-monks on silk. This composition, of four monks debating with each other, is quite common, especially in the Sakya-tradition, but as far as I know, this is a unique thangka on silk. The top two lamas are identified by inscription: left one is Lobzang Byungnè, the right one is Kog Gyatsho.
In top sists Vajrasattva, left and right of the monks the White and the Green Tara, and in the middle the goddess Ushnishavijaya.

Spink & Son, London, till 1998
private German collection 1999-2021

the silk was quite fragile, and the thangka has been backed by thin gauze.

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