Portrait of Munchen Sangye Rinchen
Portrait of Munchen Sangye Rinchen, the Eighth Abbot of Ngor Monastery (1513–16), holds a book and sits on a lion throne under a lobed arch studded with lotus buds. Immediately above is the Buddha attaining enlightenment, accompanied by additional Buddhist deities and patriarchs of the Sakya monastic lineage. In the lower register are red and blue wrathful protective deities and the four lokapalas, or guardian kings, shown in yellow. Distemper and gold on cloth, 30 5/8 x 26 3/16 in. (77.8 x 66.5 cm).