About this object

A small unframed thangka of Padma Sambhava mounted on card. He sits on a lotus and holds a dorje or thunderbolt in his right hand and a treasure vase containing flaming jewels in his left, which rests in his lap. Resting against his left shoulder is his khatvanga or staff. Below sit his two consorts Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal (who is kneeling).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Art
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
    Gold; Pigment; Paper Plant
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1945
  • Measurements
  • Note
    Curator's note: This item is not recorded in the List of Curios, but Bell was obviously interested in the story of Padma Sambhava as he had several thangka on this theme and one of the most detailed notes in the catalogue relates to the iconography of a Padma Sambhava thangka. This appears to be a copy of an older example (similar in composition and style to a 19th century example in the Rubin Museum F1996.32.1)

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Object view = Humanities
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