Lot 34: A Thangka depicting Brahma China/Tibet, early 19th Century

Florence Number Nine

April 5, 2014
Florence, Italy

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A large thangka depicting the Hindu deity Brahmā commuted to Buddhism. He is positioned centrally in padmāsana on a lotus flower and his hands rest on his lap in the meditation position of dhyānamudrā, holding the doctrine wheel Dharmacakra. With his white complexion, he is presented with four faces: the central one, one to the right and two to the left. Each wears the five-pointed crown. The brightly coloured composition hosts one hundred and twenty-four secondary figures organised in orders. The most important figures in the upper section include orders of monks at the sides and the wrathful figures in the lower area. Within this enormous pantheon stand out Hayagrīva, Avalokiteśvara, Tsoṅ-kha-paPadmasambhava and the historical Buddha Śākyamuni. Of note is another frame on three sides of the thangka that is finely painted with hundreds of other small figures.

lxh 70 x 104 cm
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