About this object

Thangka of Akshobhya/Mintugpa/Maitreya. - with temple behind; throne supported by two elephants; colour golden; lotus rising from tank below, various Buddhist beings around.

Akshobya’s role is to transform delusion into the pure light of wisdom. He is seated in the Pure Land of Abhirati, with his right hand in bhumisparsha mudra, and his left in dhyana. He holds a vajra – his identifying attribute – in his left hand.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art; Religion
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse
  • Date made
    1800 about
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Mineral; Pigment; Textile Cotton
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sergeant J Heaney
  • Collector
    J Heaney
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse
  • Date collected
    1904-06 - 1904-07
  • Measurements
    1320 mm x 832 mm; 51 15/16 in x 32 3/4 in
  • Note
    Textile dated to 17th century. Curator's note: The museum's annual report records that this and several other thangka were, ' from houses in the neighbourhood of Gyantse and Dontse'. This suggests that it was likely taken from Phalha Mansion that was in the area and which the officers and soldiers would have known of due to Sarat Chandra Das's account of the mansion in his 1904 book, released just in time for the Younghusband-led Mission to Lhasa.The Phalha mansion was requisitioned and then partially destroyed by the British during the mission. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    J Heaney ( Collector)

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  • Mission to Lhasa 1903-1904

    Start date: 1903
    End date: 1903
    Description: The British Mission to Tibet during 1903 and 1904 was an invasion of southern Tibet by British Indian forces on the pretence of negotiating trade relations between Tibet and British India. However, this was instigated primarily in the hope of preventing the Russian Empire from interfering in Tibetan affairs and thus gaining a base in one of the buffer states surrounding British India. The expedition was led by Colonel (later Sir) Francis Younghusband. It had a damaging effect on the British reputation, many Tibetans were killed and monasteries and houses were looted and/or destroyed along the way. The 13th Dalai Lama feld Lhasa before the arrival of the expedition and Younghusband negotiated, a soon to be repelled, convention with the Tibetan government or Kashag in Lhasa that was signed in the Potala on 7 Septmber 1904.

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