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    Shakyamuni Stong Sku (or 1000 Bodies) Thangka by Unknown

    54 (L) x 29 (W) inches. Painting on cloth in U-Tri, central Tibetan style. Shakyamuni, the Historical Buddha, sits cross legged in the middle in the teaching pose with 49 other representations of Buddha I the background. The central figure is line drawn in orange in on a blue and orange lotus throne with a blue and gold rayed halo. On the reverse is a poem compose by Phurchok Champa, tutor of the 13th Dalai Lama in gold ink and a mantra in black ink. this thangka is a reproduction of one of a series of 21 thangkas commissioned by Champa Tsultrim and Changchub Gelek. This type of repetitive multi-image thangka was done in order to gain merit. Mounted as a scroll with red and gold silk brocade frames on polychrome floral silk brocade with yellow and red silk dust covers and plain silver scroll ends.