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The Spiritual Master Padmasambhava, 14th century. Western Tibet or Ladakh. Copper alloy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, The Vincent Astor Foundation, Eliot C. Nolen, T. Rowe Price Services, Inc. and Sir Joseph Hotung Gifts; Seymour and The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Funds, 2012 (2012.459) #NepalTibetArts #AsianArt100

The Drathang monastery, which was founded in 1081, has some of the most elaborate and best preserved early wall paintings in Tibet. Here the Buddha wears carefully depicted textiles and is surrounded by celestial attendants. The distinct treatment of these figures suggests that at this time many regional workshops were active in Tibet.

Detail - Chenrezig thangka, Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion, crowned by Amitabha, Tibetan Buddhism, Seattle, Washington, USA