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(painting no. 271)

Collection: Shelley & Donald Rubin
Origin: Central Tibet
Date: 1100-1199
Size: 50x44cm (20x17.5in)
Paint: Ground Mineral Pigment
Ground Material: Cotton

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Avalokiteshvara, the patron Bodhisattva of Tibet is the central figure here. Directly below him we see King Srong Tsen Gampo and his Nepalese and Chinese wives. (see Origins of Tibetan Art, introduction this site). This is the earliest carbon dated Tibetan painting. The carbon-14 date was 1100 CE +or- 50 years. M. Mokotoff 11-97

Published:"Kalachakra: Wheel of Time", Barry Bryant

Front of Painting
Special Features: footprints
Reverse of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: Mantra of interdependent origination

Special Features: Cursive script (Umay), is black, includes "Om Ah Hum" inscription

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Photographed Image Copyright © 1998 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

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