Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Guan Yu (Chinese Deity) - (Seated Posture)

ཀོན་ཀོང་། རྒྱ་རིགས་སྲུང་མ་དམག་དཔོན། 关公(汉地户法)
(item no. 1099)
Origin Location China
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Guan Yu: a Chinese General that became deified and absorbed into folk Buddhism and Taoism.

General Guan Yu sits in a stately posture with the two legs forward atop a tiger skin and traditional Chinese throne. The consort sits to the side. At the top center and right are two Gelug teachers. At the top left is Changkya Rolpai Dorje identified by the large swelling on the proper right side of his face.

Four Horsemen ride below as part of the entourage of Guan Yu.

Jeff Watt 9-2012

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Chinese Deity: Guan Yu Main Page
Painting Style: Qianlong Period Painting Style
Chinese Deity: Guan Yu Masterworks
Collection of RMA: China (Painting Masterworks)