The Journey

Thangka of a Monastery Complex

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  • Tibet
  • 18th century
  • Ink and color on cloth
  • H. 36 x W. 27 in. (91.4 x 68.6 cm)
  • Zimmerman Family Collection

From the red robes of the monks depicted on this thangka, the monastery complex at the center of this painting can be identified as belonging to one of the "red hat" sects of Tibetan Buddhism. It may be the Nyingma sect's Dorjezha (Diamond Cliff) Monastery, which was located at the foot of a cliff on the northern bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. The narrative painting is populated with numerous monks and laypeople who have gathered for ceremonial and other activities. The painting is said to have been used by itinerant monks to teach about the stories connected with the site.

PHOTO CREDIT: Gerald Lerner

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