Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava - (Main Form)

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 100604)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: A Tale of Thangkas
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P4956

Interpretation / Description

Padmasambhava (Tibetan: pe ma jung ne. English: the One Born from a Lotus).

Pemasambhava Pema Jungne Biographical Details

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

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Publication: A Tale of Thangkas