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Meri
Distemper on cloth
Central Tibet
Estimate
18,00026,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 USD
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82
Meri
Distemper on cloth
Central Tibet
Estimate
18,00026,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Jucker Collection of Himalayan Paintings

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Meri
Distemper on cloth
Central Tibet
The golden bodied Bonpo deity standing in pratyalidha engulfed in flames and accompanied by attendants on a lotus throne, the militant deity with eighteen arms and a panoply of ritual implements in the hands, numerous multicolored heads including fierce elephant, bird and lion masks, wearing writhing snake jewelry and golden armour over an apron of flayed human skins, surrounded by his entire entourage with monks and siddhas above, officiants before an altar below.
35 2/3 by 30 3/4 in. (90.5 by 78 cm. )
16th Century
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Literature

Hugo E. Kreijger, Tibetan Painting, The Jucker Collection, Boston, 2001, p. 174, no. 71

Catalogue Note

The Bon tutelary deity Meri, Mountain of Fire, is traditionally associated with Zhangzhung, the land where Bon flourished before the Tibetan conquest of the region in the seventh century. Zhangzhung is thought to have been the area of western Tibet around Mount Kailash. 

Compare similar iconography in a Meri thangka in the R.E.E. Collection exhibited in Dieux et Démons de l’Himalaya, Grand Palais, Paris; see Auboyer and Beguin, 1977, p. 186, no. 204, and for a full analysis of the iconography of the painting; see Kvaerne, 1995, pp. 100-03. Compare also a painting in the Mr and Mrs John Gilmore Ford Collection; see Pal, 1984, pl. 52. Another painting of the deity is now in the Museum der Kulturen Basel; see Essen and Thingo, 1989, p. 217, no. II-451.

The Jucker Collection of Himalayan Paintings

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