Mahakala (Buddhist Protector) - Danda (Stick)
(item no. 22)


1600 - 1699

Kagyu Lineage

102.87x69.22cm (40.50x27.25in)

Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line, Black Background on Cotton

Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin

(acc.# P1994.12.1)

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Danda Mahakala (Tibetan: gon po beng leg den nag po. English: the Great Black One with a Staff). This painting belongs to a set of over 34 paintings depicting individually all of the principal and retinue figures of the large Chaturbhuja Mahakala mandala according to the tradition of Tsami Lotsawa Mondrub Sherab.

The artist was Drugu Chogyal Kunga Gyatso (born 1638). He founded the Drugu Monastery in Lhadrak Dah and the Drugu Retreat Center in 1676. He was both a great religious teacher and a renowned artist. Several of his paintings were saved from the destruction of the Cultural Revolution. This painting has been identified and attributed to the 2nd Chogyal Rinpoche by the current 8th Drugu Chogyal Rinpoche Yonten Gyatso (born 1946).

At the top center of the composition is Mitra Yogin.

Jeff Watt 9-2000

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: mi tra dzo ki. (Other isncriptions illegible).

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Buddhist Protectors: Enlightened
Painting Type: Black Ground
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Mahakala: Danda (Stick)
Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin
Painting Type: Black Ground Masterworks
Painting Set: Chaturbhuja Mahakala (Drugu Chogyal)
Painting & Composition Types (Flat Art/Two-dimensional Art)
Mahakala (Kagyu)

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