Buddha Akshobhya and the Eastern Assembly
of the Sarvadurgatiparishodhana Mandala
Tibet; 14th century
Mineral pigment and raised gold on cloth
In early Tibetan paintings, the relative size and placement of the figures is based upon a strict hierarchy that occurs both within individual paintings and across a set of paintings. This work, which features Buddha Akshobhya at its center, is a representation of the hierarchy of deities within the eastern quarter of a mandala.