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Nagarjuna and Aryadeva as Two Great Indian Buddhist Scholastics

19th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

On a platform floating in the water sit the Indian Buddhist scholars Nagarjuna and Aryadeva. Wearing a scholars hat Nagarjuna on the left side is offered a book by a serpent deity emerging from the waters, while Aryadeva is holds a book of his own. White Manjushri appears in a white circular aura at the top of the painting. He is above a white cloud that drifts diagonally down to a dark, boyish emanation figure who rides the shaggy lion characteristic of the Manjushri emanations associated with the Five Mountains (Wu Tai Shan) paradise in northwest China. A Tibetan lama sits in the lower left corner as his attendant lights incense in a brazier bowl.

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  • Title: Nagarjuna and Aryadeva as Two Great Indian Buddhist Scholastics
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.75 x 15.5 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.66.167
  • Medium: Distemper on Cotton
  • Place of Creation: Kham Province, Eastern Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "The Tenth Karmapa: Tibet's Eccentric Master Revealed" (03/02/12 - 07/30/12), Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen" (03/13/10 - 07/18/10), Rubin Museum of Art, "Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style" (02/06/09 - 08/17/09), Rubin Museum of Art, "Wutaishan: Pilgrimage to Five Peak Mountain" (05/10/07 - 10/16/07), Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (01/16/00 - 03/26/00), Tibet House, New York, NY, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (04/27/99 - 09/25/99), Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan, "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (06/05/98 - 06/21/98), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (03/29/98 - 05/29/98), Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (01/16/98 - 03/16/98), Tibet House Cultural Center, New York, NY, "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (04/01/96 - 11/15/97)

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