The Irises of Norbulingka  by Michelle Samerjan

36.25" (w) x 27.25" (h) unframed
92 cm (w) x 69 cm (h)

45" (w) x 37.5" (h) with custom frame
114 cm (w) x 95 cm (h)

In 1775, the Seventh Dalai Lama built his summer palace a mere 4 miles west of the Potola in Lhasa, Tibet. It was almost park-like with beautiful trees and flowers and the walls were decorated with beautiful murals depicting the early beginnings of Tibet, to the teachings of the Buddha through present day. Each subsequent Dalai Lama added to this expansive compound with buildings and further plantings. At the front, there are striking red doors, and the walls are rich with beautiful murals in dazzling colors. It is said that every spring, the most beautiful irises reappear at this most treasured garden, the Norbulingka.

Acrylic paints on heavy watercolor paper, veiled over with hand-made Japanese rice lace, bathed in a mixture of archival beeswax and UV-resistant polymers, surrounded with panels of contemporary Chinese red silk brocade with symbols of longevity, good health and prosperity, veiled with silk organza, adorned at top center with an early 1900's Tibetan Khamba culture silver repoussé belt ornament with turquoise and coral color yak bone.

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