Tsongkhapa with Scenes from his Life, late 18th century
Unknown (Central Tibet - late 18th century)
opaque watercolour on cotton
68.7 x 48.2 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1980
National Gallery of Canada (no. 26853)
This narrative portrait represents Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Geluk order, surrounded by scenes describing his life. The great reformer of Tibetan Buddhism is considered an emanation of Manjusri, the" bodhisattva" of Wisdom, and a spiritual ancestor of the Dalai Lama. At left of centre there is a depiction of a mandala.