Ganapati (Indian God & Buddhist Deity) - Red (4 hands)
(item no. 207)

Tibet

1800 - 1899

Nyingma Lineage

28.58x21.59cm (11.25x8.50in)

Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton

Karma Gardri Painting School

Collection of Rubin Museum of Art

(acc.# F1997.13.2)

 
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Ganapati, Rakta (Tibetan: tsog gi dag po, mar po. English: the Red Lord of Hosts): a powerful wealth deity from the Terma (Revealed Treasure) Tradition of the Nyingma School.

Red in colour with a white elephant head and four hands, he holds a plate of Indian sweets, a white raddish, a string of mala beads and a hook. The heels of the feet are supported by the hands of a blue monkey-headed goddess that stands on the backs of two small goddesses. Four attendant retinue figures, red in colour, with one face and two hands hold in the right a rope, hook, chain and bell. The left hands of each hold a bow and lasso. Seated at the top center is the Guru Padmasambhava.

Jeff Watt 11-2000


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Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery II
Tradition: Nyingma Deity Paintings
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Subject: Weird Gods & Fantastical Deities
Subject: Wealth Deities
Subject: Deity Colours - Red (Powerful Activities)
Subject: Monkey
Subject: Weird & Off Topics Main Page
Subject: Ithyphallic Deities
Buddhist Deity: Ganapati (Nyingma Tradition)
Subject: Controversial Art



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