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Thangka

Native NameThangka
Object Number:49-13-2
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Buddhist
Gelupgpa Sect
Provenience: Tibet
Lhasa (uncertain)
Date Made: 18th Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Technique:Lhasa Style
Iconography:Pehar
Tsongkhapa
Hayagriva
Tamdin
Lama
State Oracle of Nechung
Demons
Kubera
Tshangs-pa Dkar-po
Lokapala
Dam can rdo rje legs pa
dTsan-rgyal
Rahu
Credit Line:Gift of John F. Lewis, Jr., 1949

Description

Painting probably painted by a Lhasa artist. Pehar, patron of sorcerers for the Gelugpa Sect, Tibet. At the top is Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism. Below him is Hayagriva (or Tamdin) the demon protector of the sect. At the bottom is a lama sorcerer, probably the State Oracle of Nechung (near Lhasa). The eleven demons are less easy to identify: top, right is a most unusual form of Kubera, below him is Tshangs-pa Dkar-po; top left, two still unidentified; on both sides of the central figure, his four brothers, Five Kings. Below, dam can rdo rje legs pa, bTsan-rgyal [?] and Rahu. Since the rocks are painted in the so-called 'Lhasa style', and the Nechung oracle is apparently represented, this probably was painted by a Lhasa artist. Date unknowable. Painting very rare and valuable.

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