Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - (unidentified male)

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 103)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1997.7.3
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Red Tsen: an indigenous Tibetan protector deity.

Fearsome in appearance with one face and two hands, he holds upraised in the right a lance and in the left a lasso to the heart. Wearing the garb of a warrior he rides atop a blue horse completely surrounded by dark flame-like smoke. Three small attendant figures stand at the edge of the smoke.

At the top left is the Buddha Amitabha. On the right is the Guru Padmasambhava. At the bottom right and left are two fearsome retinue figures also mounted on horseback.

Jeff Watt 9-2000

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