Bhaviveka (Lekden Je, ca. 500–ca. 578), one of thirteen thangkas copied from Nartang xylographic designs


19th century

ground mineral pigment on cotton

dimensions vary, painted area of central thangka (Sixth Panchen) 26-7/8 × 16¼ in. (68.3 × 41.2 cm)

American Museum of Natural History, New York; cat. nos. 70.2/1216–1228

Photo Credit
Courtesy of the Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History

Full set of Portraits

1: Fourth Panchen Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1567–1662), 2: [Second Panchen] Sonam Choklang (1439–1504), 3: Yungton Dorje Pel (1284–1365) 4: Go Lotsawa Khukpa Lhetse (11th century), 5: Bhaviveka (Lekden Je, ca. 500–ca. 578), 6: Subhuti (Rabjor), 7: Sixth Panchen Lobzang Pelden Yeshe (1738–1780), 8: Manjushriyashas (Jampel Drak), 9: Abhayakaragupta (Jigme Jungne Bapa, d. 1125), 10: Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen (1182–1251), 11: [First Panchen] Khedrubje Gelek Pelzang (1385–1438), 12: [Third Panchen] Wensapa Lobzang Dondrub (1505–1566), 13: Fifth Panchen Lobzang Yeshe (1663–1737)

Square brackets indicate retroactively applied titles. Design courtesy Wen-shing Chou

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