Stupa of Complete Enlightenment
DateLate 19th-early 20th century
MediumMineral pigments and gold on sized cloth
DimensionsWork : 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (13.34 x 10.8 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
The Stupa of Complete Enlightenment is one of eight major symbolic stupa forms that appear in Mongolian and Tibetan art. The eight forms can be distinguished from one another by their decorative designs and by the number of levels in their stepped bases. The central niche of this stupa is inscribed with the sacred Sanskrit character oṃ. The reverse side of the painting is inscribed with the five-syllable consecration mantra oṃ āh hūm svā hā.