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The Lama Tsongkhapa
Place of Origin: China
Date: 1800-1900
Object Name: Thangka
Materials: Colors on cotton
Dimensions: H. 26 5/8 in x W. 17 in, H. 67.6 cm x W. 45 cm (image); H. 50 in x W. 32 in, H. 120.7 cm x W. 81.3 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Katherine Ball
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B72D48
On Display: No

Description

Label: Tsongkha-pa (1357-1419) is one of the greatest religious figures of Tibet. He founded the Gelug-pa sect, whose members are distinguished by their yellow hats and well known for monastic discipline and scholarship. Founded in the 14th century, this sect soon rose to power and played an important role in the religious and political life of Tibet. The Dalai and Panchen Lamas are both Gelug-pas.
This tanka shows Tsongkha-pa seated on a lotus pedestal, wearing monk's robe and yellow hat. Believed to be an incarnation of the god Mañjusri, Tsongkha-pa is shown with the god's attributes, the flaming sword and the book of Transcendant Wisdom, resting on lotuses held in his hands. Surrounding him are scenes of his life, showing him studying from various teachers, and teaching his students.
Label: Tsongkha-pa (1357-1419) is one of the greatest religious figures of Tibet. He founded the Gelug-pa sect, whose members are distinguished by their yellow hats and well known for monastic discipline and scholarship. Founded in the 14th century, this sect soon rose to power and played an important role in the religious and political life of Tibet. The Dalai and Panchen Lamas are both Gelug-pas.
This tanka shows Tsongkha-pa seated on a lotus pedestal, wearing monk's robe and yellow hat. Believed to be an incarnation of the god Mañjusri, Tsongkha-pa is shown with the god's attributes, the flaming sword and the book of Transcendant Wisdom, resting on lotuses held in his hands. Surrounding him are scenes of his life, showing him studying from various teachers, and teaching his students.