Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Sakya Lamas in Heavy Robes with Lam-dre Lineage

Sakya Lamas in Heavy Robes with Lam-dre Lineage

Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan

Made in Tibet, Asia

c. 15th century

Colors on cloth

22 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches (57.2 x 50.2 cm) Frame: 40 x 28 inches (101.6 x 71.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the New Members Fund, 1970

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These four lamas wear heavy cloaks that drape elegantly over their shoulders and bunch warmly about their folded legs. Each robe is made of patterned Chinese brocade. Both the small blue deity in the middle at the bottom (Mahakala) and the red-colored goddess above him (Sarvabuddhadakini) are considered special protectors of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism.