Tung oil stucco, wood, gold, cinnabar, and other pigments
7 1/2 x 6 in. (19.1 x 15.2 cm)
Bequest of Kate Read Blacque, in memory of her husband, Valentine Alexander Blacque, by exchange, 1948
Not on view
Buddhist ideology from Tibet became especially important to the Zanabazar tradition in Mongolia. There, Buddhism reached the nomadic population via tent/temple complexes moving across the plains. This unusual image is fabricated from a silt substrate bonded using tongue oil over a wire armature; it was then gilded and painted in an effort to simulate metal. No comparable example is known, making it an especially rare object, speaking to an otherwise-lost image-making tradition.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.