|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Publication: A Tale of Thangkas|
Padmasambhava (Tibetan: pe ma jung ne. English: the One Born from a Lotus).
Peaceful in a appearance with a smiling face he holds in the right hand a vajra scepter upraised. The left hand holds a skullcup and long-life vase in the lap. A katvanga staff leans against the left shoulder. Attired in various multi-coloured garments, he wears atop the head a lotus hat adorned with a half vajra and three vulture feathers at the peak. Above a moon disc and pink lotus blossom seat he is encircled by a rainbow sphere. Standing on the left below is the Indian consort Mandarava. Standing on the right side is the Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal.
At the top center is Amitabha Buddha, red in colour. At the left side is a 'siddha' type figure, possibly Tangtong Gyalpo, with long white hair, holding a vajra scepter and a skullcup. On the right side is a lay figure, possibly Jigme Lingpa, also holding a vajra and a skullcup.
Below the central Padmasambhava is a bowl containing a large Dharma wheel and an assortment of wish-fulfilling jewels supported above the leaves of a lotus stem.
Jeff Watt 1-2016