Detail View: The AMICA Library: Preaching Sakamuni

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.2000.67
AMICA Library Year: 
2001
Object Type: 
Drawings and Watercolors
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Far East Asian; Tibetan
Creator Name-CRT: 
Tibet, West Himalayas from Tholing Monastery, 11th century
Title: 
Preaching Sakamuni
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
1000s
Creation Start Date: 
1000
Creation End Date: 
1100
Materials and Techniques: 
miniature painting on paper (tsai-kali)
Classification Term: 
Miniature
Creation Place: 
Tholing Monastery
Creation Place: 
western Himalayas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11.6cm x 10.7cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
2000.67
Credit Line: 
John L. Severance Fund
Rights: 
Context: 
Buddhism was introduced to Tibet in the 7th century, but the persecution that followed in the 9th and 10th centuries destroyed all artifacts of the period. Consequently the earliest existing Buddhist art from Tibet dates to the 11th and 12th centuries, the so-called "period of the Second Diffusion of Buddhism," yet few 11th or 12th century paintings survive. This miniature painting is one of these rare paintings. Not a manuscript illustration, it was conceived as a separate votive painting, a so-called tsa-kali. It was recovered from the Tholing Monastery, which was founded by Rinchensangpo (958-1055), the famous translator of Buddhist scriptures, who acted on the order of Yesheƶ, the king of Guge. Yesheƶ was also the father of "Lhatsun Nagaraja" (active 998-1026) whose name is inscribed on the museum's early Himalayan bronze statue of a Standing Buddha (1966.30, on view in Gallery 116)-one of the most important and beautiful Himalayan bronzes to survive.The museum's collection includes another important sculpture from the Western Himalayas-the colorful wooden sculpture of a Seated Buddha (1986.6, currently not on view). The two sculptures date from the 11th century and provide a meaningful comparison with this painting, which replicates their style.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.2000.67.tif