The Buddha

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The Buddha Shakyamuni, Five Past Buddhas, and Maitreya

Date:ca. 15th century
Culture:Tibet
Medium:Wood with red pigment, gold, and ink
Dimensions:H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); W. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm); D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Classification:Paintings
Credit Line:Gift of Jeffrey B. Soref, 1983
Accession Number:1983.548
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This painted interior of a manuscript cover depicts the historical Buddha Shakyamuni with five past Buddhas—a popular association. Buddha Shakyamuni is represented in a monk’s patchwork robe, and the Transcendent Buddhas are in princely attire, crowned and bejeweled. Each sits on an elaborate throne flanked by pairs of lions and leogryphs.

Provenance
Jeffrey B. Soref , New York (until 1983; donated to MMA)

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