Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Dorje Ta'og

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 100606)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Black Background on Cotton
Collection Publication: A Tale of Thangkas
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Dorje Ta'og, a special protector of Sera Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet.

Dorje Ta'og is a special worldly protector of the Sera Monastery of the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The protector was originally located at Samye Monastery and later relocated to Sera. He typicallt rides atop a black horse but can also be depicted riding a lion.

Special Features:
- Wrathful in appearance, one face, two hands
- Wearing a monk's style riding hat (but not a monk)
- holding a vajra in the right hand
- holding a vase in the left hand
- Wearing multi-coloured lay garments
- Riding a dark horse or lion

Jeff Watt 3-2007

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Buddhist Worldly Protector: Dorje Ta'og
Publication: A Tale of Thangkas