The original of this scroll painting as a wall painting in the three-storey Sumtsek temple of Alchi monastery in Ladakh.
Alchi belongs to the two surviving monasteries of the 11th century. The second monastery is Tabo / Spiti also located in the Indian Himalaya.
The wall paintings of these two monasteries are important aspects of the development of Buddhist art in the Himalayan region and its deep connections with the philosophy and art of eastern India and Kashmir.
The wall paintings of Alchi and Tabo are unique nowadays because all other monasteries of these centuries were destroyed by the Muslim army led by the Turkish leader Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193.
Buddha Amitayus is siting amidst 958 smaller images of the same deity. He is depicted on a white moon disk resting on a double lotosthrone. In front of him are five dark blue peacocks [the peacock is his "mount"].
To his right and left we see elephants, lions and birds of prey [Vyalas].
A four-armed Yaksha [low-range nature spirit] lifts the weighty throne from the center of its base, flanked on each side by a female attentant.
Above Amitayus there are also two Kinnaras [mixed beings between bird & man] on the right and left, each blowing a long tuba and carrying a banner [left] and a parasol [right].
Two Apsaras [half human, half divine women] and two Gandharvas [lower spirit being gifted with magical abilities] are dispensing offerings from above.
Finally, at the bottom of the picture, six heavenly musicians appear in his honour.
Two more Thangkas from Alchi Kloster:
|Measurements:||58.7 x 87.8" | 149 x 223 cm|
|Shipment:||Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal|
|Material:||Natural Stone Colors|
|High resolution:||Display [1.5 MB, 2004 x 3263 px.]|