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Tibetan Thangka Songtsen Gampo
This thangka depicts Songtsen Gampo in his palace flanked by his Chinese wife on his left and his Nepalese wife on the right with a large assortment of offerings laid out in front of him.

Credited with consolidating the Buddhist faith in Tibet and building the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet's first great religious king, Songtsen Gampo, lived during the seventh century AD (627 - 649). He took two wives both princesses of royal families from neighboring Buddhist countries - Nepal and China. Under their influence Songtsen Gampo accepted and promoted Buddhism.

Most of the progress he made toward a unified Tibet under Buddhism was undone by the assassination of a later Buddhist king in 836, which ushered in two hundred years of religious repression, but this did not undo the reverence for Songtsen Gampo or his being credited for bringing Buddhism to Tibet.

The thangka is in very good condition with only a little darkening near the top. It probably dates to the early nineteenth century. It measures 18 x 12 inches.



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