Himalayan Art Resources

Item: King - Aku Trotung

རྒྱལ་པོ། 国王
(item no. 375)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma
Size 66.67x46.99cm (26.25x18.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1996.21.2
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Aku Trotung: the uncle of King Gesar of Ling. This painting belongs to a set depicting Ling Gesar and the Thirty Warrior Heroes. There are likely to be seven paintings in the complete composition.

At the top center is the wrathful deity Hayagriva, red, with one face and two hands. Aku Trotung is considered to be an emanation of the deity Hayagriva. Each of the thirty warriors that accompany King Gesar are believed to be emanations of bodhisattvas, deities, Indian scholars and mahasiddhas. At the four corners are four retinue attendants riding horses.

It is likely that this painting belongs either to a set of paintings depicting Gesar accompanied by the thirty warriors, or it is a painting from a set depicting the major characters in the life story of Gesar.

Jeff Watt 8-2003

Front of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: Center: a khu khro thung. Top center: gro wo rta mgrin. Top left: a nu grig ''phel. Top right: nya tsa a brten. Bottom left: rang tsha dmar lag. Bottom right: sta rong khro rgyal ber dkar.

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
King: Aku Trotung
Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin
King: Gesar (Retinue Figures)