Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Cha Kyung

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 12988)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Warrior

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Cha Khyung (Bird-Horned Eagle): an indigenous mountain deity of the Amdo region, in the retinue of Amnye Machen, subjugated by Padmasambhava, the mountain deity of the west side of the river in Rebkong (Tongren), Amdo, China.

Peaceful in appearance with one face and two hands the right holds aloft a banner adorned with silks and jewels. The left hand held at the waist carries a vase filled with precious jewels; riding atop a light brown horse. Above sits Tsongkapa wearing monastic attire and a yellow pandita hat. Attendant warrior figures fill the composition above and below.

Jeff Watt 3-2000 (revised 9-2015)

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