Starting price:€ 60 000
Auction date:16.06.2017   09:30
CENTRAL or Western Tibet, late 11. to 1.Half of 12. Century.
You, the incomparable great Translators, appear to me to be a second Buddha. Inseparable from Your wisdom and realization, is a true Dharmatala - I bow respectfully in front of You! - The lines in black ink on the back of the Thangkas, are evidence of the great esteem and Affection for a person of Western Tibet - Rinchen Zangpo. Rinchen Zangpo (tib. rin chen bzang po; 958-1055), "the Great Translator", was instrumental in the resurgence of the second flowering of Buddhism in the state of Guge (in today's Western Tibet). The last Tsenpo of Tibet, Lang Darma (836 to 842, according to other sources from 841 to 846) was in his time responsible for the massive persecution of Buddhism. The Bon priest dressed Pelgyi Dorje of Lhalung, one of the 25 disciples of Padmasambhava, and murdered him. Long-Darmas, the eldest son, however, was Tibet, soon ruler of Mar-yul (Ladakh), and his younger brothers, ruled the West. They founded the state of Guge, and Purang. A descendant of one of the brothers, Tsenpo, Yeshe Ö, a Buddhist monk, invited the scholars Atisha (980-1154) to Guge. Thus, the so - called Second dissemination of the teachings of Buddhism, and the Phase of the New Translations of Buddhist texts from Sanskrit began to the Tibetan. Under Yeshe Ös reign, the rich monastery of Tholing was founded, the religious center of Guge, whose Abbot was, in turn, Rinchen Zangpo. Rinchen Zangpo was bored one of twenty-one young men in the order of Yeshe Ös in India and Kashmir. There he operated for 17 years of his life to Buddhist studies. After his return he devoted himself mainly to the translation activity, where some 158 texts were by him, and helpers, from the Sanskrit of us Tibetan translated and explained. This brought Rinchen Zangpo the honorary title of Lotsawa. His major work included the Translations of the texts of the Prajnaparamita and Tantra Teachings. In addition, he is said to have constructed over 100 temples and monasteries, and Stupas. Especially the monasteries of Alchi, Tabo, Tsaparang and Lamayuru are the highlight (?, Ladakh). By Rinchen Zangpo's mediation and commitment of important artists, the wall paintings in Western Tibet. An outstanding event for the 85-year-old Rinchen Zangpo in the meantime, the highest-ranking priest and Abbot of the main monastery of Tholing was the meeting together with the scholar Atisha. This instructed him in the doctrine of "The magic mirror of the diamond vehicle" (Vajrayana). The Thangka is a globally-well-almost unique Testament of time. Just a few images of the Great scholar and Translator - at best, in the wall paintings of the famous monasteries (e.g., Alchi). In spite of age and use-related damage, this painting radiates a great calm and warmth, full of density and concentration. In comparison with the representation of the Great scholars in a wall painting in Alchi, the Image of Rinchen Zangpo's in this Thangka, such as the age-portrait of a wise personality. His portrait expresses mindfulness, his eyes purposefully forward, the hands show in the intricate emotion and the gesture of "turning of the wheel of the doctrine". Completely dormant and yet, irrefutable as a Rock, he sits on a white moon Lotus in the diamond position (vajrasana). The soles of the feet are directed upwards. The common sheath scholar monks, here with large volutes pattern, nestles softly around his body. Underneath he is dressed in the traditional monk garb. The glow of his halo shines brightly. Is accompanied by Rinchen Zangpo two to the left and to the right in the Pala style, standing shown Bodhisattvas, Padmapani (?) in white, and Maitreya (?) in yellow iconographic body color. About the group a two - fold Aure-ole, which gives the center of this image, a dignified atmosphere to bulge. About Rinchen Zangpo perched, in a similar shape and posture, may be a teacher of his Lineage. Numerous deities, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Mahasiddhas and Lamas are distributed over the whole of the worship of the image. A more detailed description can be found in the text of the Catalogue (cf. exhibition catalogue: wisdom and love; see literature reference). As in the case of old, only fragmentarily preserved wall Asian paintings are the Central focus in this painting, the perception on the falls is important, the beauty and power of expression of the Existing, so that the loss is not more Visible the - hardly more to the weight. In addition, the impermanence of phenomena is given meaning due to their importance and validity. Back: inscription in black ink. 84 x 70 cm R.
60000,–/100000,– provenance: From an old South German private collection, between 1960 and 1980, collected and Published in: wisdom and love, 1000 years of art of the
Tibetan Buddhism; Marylin M. Rhie, Robert A. F. Thurman; published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the art and exhibition hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; and other stations; Du Mont, Köln, 1996: 438-439/191 (60a) - Cf. A Buddhist Paradise The Murals of Alchi, Western Himalayas; Text by Pratapaditya Pal; Ravi Kumar (Publisher);Lilakala AG, Vaduz, 1982: Fig: LL2 - Giuseppe Tucci, Rin-chen-Bzang-po and the Renaissance of Buddhism in Tibet around the Millenium. Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi, 1988. (first published in Italyan, Roma, 1932) - Alterssch., part. rest.
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