Description This masterful and meticulous portrait shows an abbot within a niche - one ornamented with lively scrollwork influenced by the traditions of Nepal. Tiny inscriptions identify many of the abbot's spiritual ancestors, including the Buddha Shakyamuni's son Rahula and Shakyashribhadra (1127-1225), one of the last Kashmiri teachers to visit Tibet.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
- The Ancient Nepalese Legacy. Rubin Museum of Art, New York. 2010-2011.
Provenance Ravi Kumar, New York; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, April 1984; given to Walters Art Museum, 2018.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2018
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