Item: Marichi (Buddhist Deity) - Kalpoktam (3 faces, 8 hands)

འོད་སེར་ཅན་མ། ནང་ལྷ། 具光佛母(佛教本尊)
(item no. 90016)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Karma (Kagyu)
Size 57.79x43.82cm (22.75x17.25in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Silk
Collection Navin Kumar
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Female

Marichi, Kalpoktam (Tibetan: o zer chen ma, English: the One Having Light Rays), Goddess of the Dawn.

Peaceful in appearance, yellow in colour, with three faces and eight hands. Seated atop a large mother sow, the left leg extended rests on the back of several sleeping piglets. The red orb of the morning sun encircles behind crowned with the upper spire of a stupa.

"She who holds the night, and by merely remembering quickly protects from all fears and bestows the stainless great bliss. To the goddess Marichi I bow." (Sakya liturgical verse).

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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