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Roundel with Karma Lineage

16th century
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.7 cm); W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2003
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
The monks depicted here are dressed in the robes of the Karma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and the central figure likely represents Mikyo Dorje (1500–1599), the eighth head of that lineage. The other seven monks represent earlier incarnations of him, including Marpa (1012–1098) and Milarepa (1040–1123). Vajradhara presides above, and Mahakala, the order’s great protector, stands below.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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