birdseye-view of a monastery

painted wood
(Eastern?) Tibet,  19th cent.
size: 53 x 34 cm.

Charming painting of a monastic complex, surrounded by a circular wall. Right in top a large thangka-wall, for the display of a large thangka during festival-days. Almost devoid of human beings: but the longer one looks, the more monks appear… Bottom right a separate building, surrounded by a wall: the living-quarters of the Rinpoche, the head of the monastery. Curious detail is in the mountains at the background: two feet-print in the rock, seemingly of a holy man (a `self-originated’ image, in Tibetan called a rangjung).
This has been most probably a panel of a cabinet.

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