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Thangka

Native NameThangka
Object Number:51-4-127
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Buddhist
Lamaism
Bonpa Sect
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 13th Century - Mid 18th Century
Early Date: 1200
Late Date: 1775
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Pigment
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Mahakala
mgon po
Garuda
Lion
Dragon
Offerings
Shrine
Height: 104 cm
Length: 64 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Robert R. Service, 1951
Other Number:28-Z - Other Number

Description

Very rare Bongpa offering painting (kangdze) related to the Bon religion. Painted on sheer silk, making it very effective when hung against the light (although this was probably not intended). As in 51-4-126, the supreme deity in Garuda form is flanked by the white lion and blue dragon, while the Demon-lord (mgon po or Mahakala) stands in a pavilion. Altar with offerings and three mountain shrines (?) below. Mounting of late 17th century golden tribute silk, with inset of a mid-18th century cuff for dragon robe, still in the original piece (uncut).

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