Portrait of the Indian Monk Atisha, early to mid-12th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1993 (1993.479) | The Indian monk Atisha was ordained at Bodhgaya and the abbot of the vast Vikramashila monastery before traveling to Tibet in 1042. This is the earliest portrait of this great scholar; it was done in Tibet several generations after his death. #Buddhism
One of the important teachers from India was the monk Atisha who in 1042 came to Tibet at the invitation of the western Tibetan king Yesh ‘Od. This "tangka" (painting on cloth) made in the early to mid-twelfth century, several generations after Atisha’s death in 1054, is the earliest known portrait of this great master.