Preparatory drawing by Kuber Singh Shakya for a more than three-meter-high repoussé image of Maitreya commissioned by the king of Bhutan in the mid-1930s. The intersecting straight red lines are the iconometric diagram underlying the drawing.

Handmade daphne paper, black ink, red jeweler's powder (geru).
320 x 195 cm.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery s1998.1.

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Photograph by John Tsantes.

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