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Biography of Sakya Lama
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This artwork is a pictorial biography of the Sakya lama Thutob Wangchug. The lama is wearing a blue, Mongolian-type garment and a black hat. He has large gold earrings in his ear lobes. He is holding a gold Phurba dagger in his right hand and a Kapala human skull bowl in his left hand. The lama’s biographical story consists of nearly thirty scenes that are briefly described in the minute Uchan gold script. For example, this painting captures his travels to Mongolia, Lhasa and various regions of Tibet, where he imparted Buddha´s teaching (Dharma) and performed ceremonies. In the individual scenes, Thutob Wangchug is recognizable by his “eagle“ nose, his short beard and moustache. Apart from the principal figure and a medallion with four other Sakya masters with Sonam Tsemo presiding over them, there are three hundred other figures in this thangka (monks, horse riders, nomads, pilgrims, etc.) and over one hundred animals (horses, yaks, birds). The backgrounds of the biographical incidents are composed of landscapes with mountains, rivers, tent camps, temples, and such like. Stylistically, the painting reflects the Eastern Tibetan school of painting, especially typical of Kham in the 17th and 18th centuries. The thangka is executed with delicate brush strokes, in a narrative style abounding in detail. The extant original mount, made of Chinese brocade in green and orange hues, depicts five-finger dragons amid clouds, playing with a flaming ball. The protective silk dust cover has also been preserved. On the thangka’s reverse side, the Om Ah Hum mantra, written in Uchan script, is repeated four times. This mantra appears once again in Landza script, with another four-line inscription written in the same script.

History of the Object
The Sakya School’s tradition is connected with the Khon family. In 1073, Khon Konchog Gyalpo (1034–1102) founded the Sakya Monastery. One of his grandsons was Sonam Tsemo (1142–1182), who is depicted in this thangka. The Sakyapa School reached the height of its influence in the 13th century. This thangka is among the most meticulously and delicately executed paintings in the National Gallery’s collection of Tibetan art. Its value is further increased by the fact that the original brocade mounting and silk veil have survived to this day

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Colours and gold on canvas 
Measurements
89 x 56 cm (with border 160 x 87 cm) 
Creator name
Anonymous 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Tibet 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
17th Century - 18th century 
Function
Thangka (painting) 
Acquisition
Purchased in 1975 in a Prague antique shop 
Copyright
National Gallery in Prague 
Acknowledgements
Lenka Gyaltso 
Owner
National Gallery in Prague 
Museum
The National Gallery 
Credit line
National Gallery in Prague 

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