Item: Ganapati (Indian God & Buddhist Deity) - Red (4 hands)

ཚོགས་བདག། ནང་ལྷ། 象鼻天(佛教本尊)
(item no. 207)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma
Size 28.58x21.59cm (11.25x8.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1997.13.2
Painting School Karma Gardri
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Animal-Feature

Gender: Male

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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