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Shakyamuni Buddha with Avadana Legend Scenes

19th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

Buddha Shakyamuni, the central figure in this painting, is seated on a lotus, holding a begging bowl and making the gesture of giving. He is surrounded by scenes of narrative depictions of the stories of the noble deeds, or avadanas. Landscape elements frame each scene, identified by Tibetan inscriptions in gold letters. The narrative moves clockwise around the Buddha. However, the unifying landscape makes it difficult to distinguish where one story ends and another begins. Three red trilobed vignettes, which give the title and number of the avadana stories help to make sense of this busy tapestry-like painting.

Details

  • Title: Shakyamuni Buddha with Avadana Legend Scenes
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 33.125 x 22.25 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, F1996.27.1
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Central Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "The Place of Provenance: Regional Styles" (10/12/12 - 2013), Rubin Museum of Art, "Once Upon Many Times: Legends and Myths in Himalayan Art" (09/16/11 - 01/30/12), University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara, "Toward Enlightenment: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (04/01/09 - 06/14/09), Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, TX, "What is Tibetan Art?" (09/14/07 - 04/27/08), Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, "Aesthetics of the Sacred: The Buddhist Art of Tibet" (05/04/07 - 08/04/07), Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (09/28/01 - 01/06/02), Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (11/04/00 - 01/07/01), Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (01/16/00 - 03/26/00), Tibet House Cultural Center, New York, NY, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (04/27/99 - 09/25/99)

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