Nagarjuna (c. 150–250 CE) with a Buddhist Master

c. 1300s
Overall: 57.8 x 45.1 cm (22 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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The Bodhisattva of Wisdom, who was Nagarjuna's teacher, is in the central 8-armed figure in the bottom row.


Nagarjuna, the Buddhist philosopher from southern India, sits on his eponymous red and black serpents, or naga. His interlocutor may be his disciple Aryadeva. A volume of the Perfection of Wisdom, honored with flowers, is on a golden bookstand between their heads. The figures sit beneath flowering and fruiting trees with peacocks and parrots, evoking the landscape of India. Lineage masters of the Sakya order of Buddhism are aligned in the top row, beginning with Virupa at the upper right. The monk who was the donor of this painting is in the lower left corner.
Nagarjuna (c. 150–250 CE) with a Buddhist Master

Nagarjuna (c. 150–250 CE) with a Buddhist Master

c. 1300s


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