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On March 20, during Asia Week in New York, Sotheby’s will be holding a sale of Indian and Southeast Asian art that will include two important early 17th century thangkas from the famed Ngor Monastery in Central Tibet.
The paintings depict Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, known as the first of the Five Great Sakya Masters, and Mahasiddha Avadhutipa. These spiritual paintings come from the highly regarded set of Sakya Lamdre lineage paintings. The set consists of approximately 30 thangkas depicting the founding teachers, Mahasiddhas and deities of the Sakya lineage.
Other paintings from this set are found in the Rubin Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. These thangkas represent a high point in the history of Tibetan painting. Renowned for their elegance, supreme artistry and delicate execution, they successfully combine the stylistic elements of medieval Nepalese painting with the syncretic Central Tibetan regional style.
The Sakya rulers were known to have commissioned some of the most significant thangkas in Tibet. Ideally located along the trade route between the Kathmandu Valley and Lhasa, the artists in the region absorbed influences from India, Nepal and China.
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on March 17, 2013.