Lot 19: Thangka depicting two Arhat and two Lokapala China/Tibet, 18th Century

Florence Number Nine

April 5, 2014
Florence, Italy

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An important thangka of excellent pictorial quality depicting four figures who are superbly realised. The entire work is divided into two orders, the upper and lower. The upper part depicts two Arhat both enthroned. Abheda (Mi­phyed­pa) is portrayed to the left in a green and rocky setting of Chinese influence, holding out two hands in an offering gesture towards a miniature Stūpa. To the right with long black hair down to his shoulders, seated and shaded by an umbrella is Upāsaka Dharma (Dge­bsñen Dharma). He holds a kalaśa in the left hand and a cāmara pen in the right, symbol of dignity. Accompanying him is a tiger and a small representation of  Amitābha who whirls around a serpentine cloud. Both the Arhat are dressed in sumptuous gold-embroidered red, green and blue robes. Above their heads, a tree of peonies frames the composition. The lower order depicts two Lokapāla, the guardians of the cardinal points  On the left with the red half-angry face, is the custodian of the west Virūpākṣa who, as attributes, carries a stūpa in the right hand and a snake in the left. To the right the custodian of the north is portrayed, Vaiśravana who holds a  mongoose in the left hand and the dhvaja standard in the right to indicate the victory of the Buddhist doctrine. Both figures with finely portrayed faces bear flaming haloes and wear splendid armour depicted in minute gold-finished detail.

Measurements with frame: length 63 cm, height 115 cm

lxh 41 x 59 cm
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