About this object

Thangka of the Historical Buddha seated at the centre in meditation, with his right hand touching the ground (bhumisparsha mudra), which commemorates the moment of his enlightenment. He is surrounded by the Sixteen Arhats and at the base are The Guardian Kings of the Four Directions who protect the Buddhist teachings throughout the universe.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art; Religion
  • Culture
    Thangka of the Historical Buddha
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    18th Century - 19th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Lead; Pigment; Textile Cotton; Wood; Wood Ebony
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Frederick Marshman Bailey
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1904 - 1914
  • Measurements
    1150 mm x 740 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: The collecting date range suggests that this thangka was either collected (looted?) during the Younghusband punitive expedition or it was collected during Bailey's posting as British Trade Agent at Gyantse. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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