Samantabhadra

Samantabhadra

1100s

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Image: 114.8 x 55.1 cm (45 3/16 x 21 11/16 in.); Mounted: 208.6 x 75.4 cm (82 1/8 x 29 11/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1962.161

Description

In the last chapter of the Lotus Sutra, one of the principal Buddhist texts, the great Bodhisattva Samantabhadra is described advancing to earth, riding on a six-tusked elephant, and proclaiming himself protector of the faithful. More frequently, he is shown with Bodhisattva Manjusri as the attendants of Shakyamuni (the historical Buddha). This scroll is probably the left panel in a triptych (group of three paintings) portraying these deities.

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