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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.

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