Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajradhara Buddha - with consort

རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང། སངས་རྒྱས། 金刚持
(item no. 100609)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Kagyu, Drukpa (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: A Tale of Thangkas
Painting School Gyangtse
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Vajradhara, Buddha (Tibetan: dor je chang, sang gye. English: the Vajra Holder, Enlightened One). The primordial buddha, personification of the dharmakaya - truth body of enlightenment and progenitor of the Vajrayana system of buddhism. He is embracing a consort having the same colour while holding a curved knife and skullcup. This is the first painting in a large set of paintings likely depicting a Drugpa Kagyu Lineage of Teachers.

Jeff Watt 2-2016

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Subject: Donor Figure Groups (Tibetan Painting)
Buddhist Deity: Vajradhara Main Page
Painting Style: Gyantse Scroll Paintings
Buddhist Deity: Vajradhara with Consort (Painting)
Tradition: Drugpa Kagyu Main Page
Publication: A Tale of Thangkas