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Mandala of the Buddhist Protective Deity Sitatapatra (White Parasol)

early 16th century

Gouache on cloth

image: 20 × 17 in. (50.8 × 43.2 cm)
S. Wells Williams Collection, Bequest of F. Wells Williams, B.A. 1879, by exchange, and bequest of Florence Baiz van Volkenburgh in memory of her husband, Thomas Sedgwick van Volkenburgh, B.A. 1866, by exchange
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Commissioned by Lhachog Sengye (1468–1535), Ngor Monastery, U-Tsang Province, Tibet. Acquired by private collection, New York, the early 1970s [see note 1]; by descent to private collection, Acton, Mass., by 2021; sale, Sotheby’s, New York, September 20, 2021, lot 316; sold to Kapoor Assets, New York, September 20, 2021; sold to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2022

Note 1: Thangka is said to have been acquired by the parents of the Sotheby’s consignor in the early 1970s at the suggestion of Dr. Stella Kramrisch (1896–1993), one of the most prominent scholars of Indian and Himalayan Art in the United States in the second half of the twentieth century.

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