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  • Thumbnail for White Tara, Amitayus, and Ushnishavijaya: Three Long-Life Deities - Thangka (Thangka)
    White Tara, Amitayus, and Ushnishavijaya: Three Long-Life Deities - Thangka (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 49 (L) x 27-3/4 (W) inches; mounted on silk brocade backing. White Tara is the goddess of long life. A small image of Amitabha Buddha is in her crown. Her right hand is in the gift-giving gesture (varada mudra) while her left holds up a peony. In front of her are offerings flanked by Amitayus and Vijaya. Executed in the Kham style.

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    Bowl containing the Five Senses by Unknown

    Ink and colored pencil on paper, 23-1/2 (L) x 18 (W) inches. A formal, symmetrical composition showing a golden bowl containing a mirror, representing vision (top center), a water-bearing conch representing the sense of taste (left), a pile of fruit indicating smell (right), and a pair of yellow cymbals signifying hearing (center). These all rest on a swirling length of blue and red cloth representing the sense of touch. A visionary landscape is drawn in the background. This is skillfully rendered by an artist with prior training.

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    Amitabha (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 64 (L) x 34-1/2 (W) inches. Amitabha is depicted here at the center of his paradise flanked by Avalokiteshwara and Padmasambhava. Below are eight bodhisattavas, musicians, a devotee and two monks on lotuses. Painted in the Central Tibetan style.

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    Wheel of Dharma by Unknown

    Ink and colored pencil on paper, 23 (L) x 18 (W) inches. Here the 8-spoked wheel of Dharma rests on an unfolding lotus. This is rendered with some skill by an artist with prior training.

  • Thumbnail for Keris from Java - detail of handle
    Keris from Java - detail of handle by Unknown

    Wood, carved ivory and metal, 18-1/2 (L) x 1-1/2 (W) x 2-1/8 (Depth) inches; blade and handle. A pair of symmetrical horses flank the lower back of the handle and above them are a pair of winged apsarases. Lotus and vegetative/floral garlands, along with parallel incisions, cover the rest of the surface.

  • Thumbnail for Mughal miniature painting - Man with White Beard and white Plumed Hat
    Mughal miniature painting - Man with White Beard and white Plumed Hat by Unknown

    Paint on ivory, 4-3/4 (L) x 3 (W) inches. Portrait of a prince wearing an elaborate turban of blue, brown, red and green with a floral design and white plum in front; brown fur is wrapped around his neck and hanging down on his cranberry garment which is covered with jewelry; four corners of the ivory have a floral motif while the portrait is enclosed in a oval wavy grey background.

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    Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 47-3/4 (L) x 29 (W) inches. Padmasambhava was the Indian Guru who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, where he is credited with founding the Nyingmapa sect. He is shown surrounded by mahasiddhas (great yogic adepts) and manifestations of his various forms. Above, from right, are Vajrahana and consort, Vajrapani, Amitabha, two mahasiddhas, an unidentified figure, Mahakala and consort, Chenrezi, a Dakini, Lodan chrogsre, Nyama Oxer, and Shakyasengge. Flanking him ae his tow consorts, Mandarawa and Yeshetsogyal. Below are a protective deity, Guru Sengge, lion headed Dakini, Dorje Drolo, Rahu, Begtse, a guardian figure, Dorje Legspa on a snow lion, and a group of heavenly musicians on another snow lion in the lower right.

  • Thumbnail for Padmarupa (Thangka)
    Padmarupa (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Padmarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

  • Thumbnail for Padmarupa (Thangka) - detail
    Padmarupa (Thangka) - detail by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Padmarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

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    Chinese Invasion of Tibet and Escape of the Dalai Lama by Unknown

    This significant sketch shows a Chinese plane bombing a monastery, Tibetan books being burned and a Chinese soldier pulling down a statue of the Buddha. In the foreground a Chinese soldier is depicted with a rifle chasing the young, unarmed Dalai Lama out of Tibet. This naive image illustrates in summary fashion a Tibetan's interpretation of the 1959 Chinese invasion of his homeland produced soon after the event . While it is technically less skilled than some others in this series, it combines historical and aesthetic values to produce an image juxtaposing stylized innocence with military violence. This image is of enduring political significance insofar as the Chinese occupation of Tibet is an enduring problem continuously addressed by non-violent means by the Tibetan Government in Exile located in India, largely ignored by an international community ever more eager to make money in China. 27-5/8 (L) x 21-1/2 (W) inches.

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    Samsara (Wheel of rebirth) (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 64 (L) x 39 (W) inches. This is a common Tibetan theme that represents a dynamic vision of karma and the cycles of rebirth in various forms, both coarse and subtle, earthly, heavenly and hellish. All are driven by the beastly desires symbolized by the snake, bird and pig located at the center of the wheel. The twelve causes of rebirth are shown on the rim while the six conditions of birth are shown inside the wheel. The wheel is held in the grasp of Yama, the lord of death. The message here is that the teachings of the Buddha offer a path to escape from this world of endless change and suffering.

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    Padmarupa (Thangka) - detail by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Padmarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

  • Thumbnail for White Tara (Droma Karpo) (Thangka)
    White Tara (Droma Karpo) (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 49 (L) x 27-3/4 (W) inches.. White Tara is the goddess of long life. A small image of Amitabha Buddha is in her crown. Her right hand is in the gift-giving gesture (varada mudra) while her left holds up a peony. In front of her are offerings flanked by Amitayus and Vijaya. Executed in the Kham style.

  • Thumbnail for Sakaymuni (Thangka)
    Sakaymuni (Thangka)

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 38 (L) x 23-1/2 (W) inches. The historical Buddha Shakyamuni is depicted here on a lotus throne performing the bhumisparasa (earth-touching) gesture. He is flanked by elephants and a pair of mahasiddhas. Above are the 7th Dalai Lama (Lozang Kalzang), Vajradhara, Amitayus, Akshobhya Savavid and Rajapani. Below are the 3 gods of wealth: Jambhala, Mahasuvarna Vaishravana, and Black Jambhala. In front of the Buddha are two disciples.

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    Padmasambhava (Thangka) by Unknown

    This is a colored pencil drawing representing a thangka form, 23-1/2 (L) x 18 (W) inches. The Indian guru Padmasambhava is shown in the top center. Below to his left is his patron, the 8th century Tibetan king Trisong Detsen who invited him to spread Buddhist Dharma in Tibet. To his lower right is the Khembo (abbot) Shay-Wa-Tsen, who mediated between Padmasambhava and the king. A pair of crossed thunderbolts (vajras) ae located in the center of the composition. The snowy Himalayas and a clear blue sky are shown behind them. This image is also very skillfully rendered by an artist with prior training in the making of thangka paintings.

  • Thumbnail for Keris from Java
    Keris from Java by Unknown

    Wood, carved ivory and metal, 18-1/2 (L) x 1-1/2 (W) x 2-1/8 (Depth) inches; blade and handle. A pair of symmetrical horses flank the lower back of the handle and above them are a pair of winged apsarases. Lotus and vegetative/floral garlands, along with parallel incisions, cover the rest of the surface.

  • Thumbnail for Small Kadmpa chorten (Sanskrit: stupa)
    Small Kadmpa chorten (Sanskrit: stupa) by Unknown

    Bronze with one turquoise bead, painted leather base, 7-1/8 (H) x 3-3/4 (Circumference). This was given as a gift to Bruce Walker in 1968 by Gyalo Thondup, brother of the present Dalai Lama. This once held relics. The black and leather covering was apparently added to reseal the base when they were removed. The upper section of the leather was cut and stitched to create eight lotus petals. The antiquity and provenance of this piece makes it of particular interest. The leather addition indirectly suggests the story of some unknown dramatic event in its recent history.

  • Thumbnail for Khedrupje’s Vision of Tsongkhapa on a Tiger - Thangka detail
    Khedrupje’s Vision of Tsongkhapa on a Tiger - Thangka detail by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk brocade backing, 49-1/2 (L) x 29 (W) inches. Je Tsongkhapa, c. 1357-1419 is revered as a manifestation of Manjushri, the god of wisdom, founder of the Galugpa or Yellow Hat sect, and a proponent of the Kadampa school of Buddhism. The tiger is sometimes shown as his vahana (vehicle), indicatin gTsongkhapa's ability to control the tiger-like bodily senses. He holds a skull in his left hand and a flaming sword in his right. At the top left is the Third Panchen Lama (Yontenod Palden Yoshe) and at the right is the philosopher-sage Nagarjuna. Along the bottom, left to right, are Jedung Lozang Palden, Mahakala and Asanga.

  • Thumbnail for Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) (Thangka) - detail
    Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) (Thangka) - detail by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 47-3/4 (L) x 29 (W) inches. Padmasambhava was the Indian Guru who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, where he is credited with founding the Nyingmapa sect. He is shown surrounded by mahasiddhas (great yogic adepts) and manifestations of his various forms. Above, from right, are Vajrahana and consort, Vajrapani, Amitabha, two mahasiddhas, an unidentified figure, Mahakala and consort, Chenrezi, a Dakini, Lodan chrogsre, Nyama Oxer, and Shakyasengge. Flanking him ae his tow consorts, Mandarawa and Yeshetsogyal. Below are a protective deity, Guru Sengge, lion headed Dakini, Dorje Drolo, Rahu, Begtse, a guardian figure, Dorje Legspa on a snow lion, and a group of heavenly musicians on another snow lion in the lower right.

  • Thumbnail for Mughal (miniature painting) Portrait of a Seated Old Man with a White Beard
    Mughal (miniature painting) Portrait of a Seated Old Man with a White Beard by Unknown

    Paint on ivory, 3-1/2 (L) x 1-3/4 (W) inches. Framed, painted on ivory with gildng and polychrome. Mughal prince wearing gilt headdress and robes. Prince is seated with his left arm resting on the chair's arm while his hand is near his long necklaces hanging around his neck; in the background is a gold curtain hanging on his right side with a floral design of multi colors behind him with some white geometric shapes.

  • Thumbnail for Keris from Java
    Keris from Java by Unknown

    Wood, carved ivory and metal, 18-1/2 (L) x 1-1/2 (W) x 2-1/8 (Depth) inches; blade and handle. A pair of symmetrical horses flank the lower back of the handle and above them are a pair of winged apsarases. Lotus and vegetative/floral garlands, along with parallel incisions, cover the rest of the surface.

  • Thumbnail for Ideal Tibetan Government (Lotus Field)
    Ideal Tibetan Government (Lotus Field) by Unknown

    Ink and colored pencil on paper, 23-3/4 (L) x 18 (W) inches. This image depicts the ideal Tibetan government symbolized by 10 buildings. The large palace with the yellow tiled roof in the top center represents the Dalai Lama flanked by the cabinet (kashag) and legislature. Below are buildings for the judiciary, departments of religion, education, agriculture, medicine and human welfare and transporation. At the very bottom is a structure representing regional governors and departmental offices. The sketch is signed "Ross." These sketches of ideal government were apparently based on lectures the Tibetans were getting from CIA instructors on the tasks of nation-building.

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    Assassination Drawing by Unknown

    Ink and colored pencil on paper, 18 (L) x 23 5/8 (W) inches. This sketch depicts the Buddhist monk, Lhalung Payador wit bow killing King Lang Darma, last king of Tibet, in the 9th century. According to historical legend, in the late 8th century Padmasambhava had been invited from India by KingTrisong Detsen to spread Buddhist dharma. King Lang Darma (c. 1836-42) seized the throne in the name of restoring the pre-Buddhist Bon religion and eradicating Buddhism. This event resonates with the circumstances of 1959-60, in which Buddhism was again under attack by an unsympathetic usurper of power.

  • Thumbnail for Mughal miniature painting - Standing Man Holding a Rose
    Mughal miniature painting - Standing Man Holding a Rose by Unknown

    Paint on ivory, 5-1/2 (L) x 3-3/8 (W) inches. Full-lenth firgure of a Mughal prince with turban, holding a rose in his left hand; sheathed sword in his right hand; polychrome and gilding, painted on ivory. The prince is wearing a outer garment of brown with pink, green and white flowers over long white garment with stripped red and orange trousers and brown shoes with red designs; behind him is a floral dark blue floor, white geometric/ floral window and outside of the window are tall long green trees.

  • Thumbnail for Mughal miniature painting - Portrait
    Mughal miniature painting - Portrait by Unknown

    Paint on ivory, 3-1/2 (L) x 1-3/4 (W) inches. Portrait painted on an ivory oval with ivory filigree framework.(following are additional Notes) The object has many colors- brown, red, green, white, blue.