This thangka shows the rare motif of the pure land of Sukhavati with red Buddha Amitabha, the head of the lotus family, as the central figure. Buddha is seated on his lotus and peacock throne inside a wonderful landscape with an Amitayus temple complex. Various bodhisattvas, deities, Panchen Lamas and monks are filling the scenery, most prominently presented are Amitabha’s principal attendants white Avalokiteshvara and blue Mahasthamaprapta (Vajrapani).
Some of the smaller portrayals show finely executed inscriptions below.
Shape: Rectangular vertical shape
Dimensions: 66 x 50 cm (painting size), 115 x 73 cm (mounting)
Condition: shows staining, soiling, creases and some abrasions. The mount and cover with stains and open stitches.
Provenance: German Private Collection
Auction result comparison: Sotheby’s, THE RICHARD R. & MAGDALENA ERNST COLLECTION OF HIMALAYAN ART, 22 MARCH 2018, New York, lot 972 (for an 18th / 19th century Thangka with the same motif)