Ushnishavijaya in a stupa

paint and gold on textile
Tibet, early 19th cent.
85,5 x 56,5 cm.

The goddess of Long Life, Ushnishavijaya, sits in a large golden stupa, flanked by two standing bodhisattvas: Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani.
Below three, especially for the Gelugpa-tradition important, protective deities: Palden Lhamo, Yama, the God of Death, and Vaishravana.
In top left Sukhavati, the Paradise of Amitabha, from which emanates a triad of lamas, with in the middle the Fifth Dalai Lama. In top right is Tushita, the Paradise of Maitreya, from which emanates the triad of Tsongkhapa, with his two major pupils Khedubje and Ged√ľndub. Around Ushnishavijaya four forms of Vajrapani.
Note especially the wonderfully painted stupa, with fine motives ton-sur-ton in gold.
This thangka belongs to the Gelugpa-tradition.

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