Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Chakrasamvara (Buddhist Deity)

འཁོར་ལོ་བདེ་མཆོག། ནང་ལྷ། 勝樂金剛 (全图)
(item no. 131)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Kagyu
Size 91.44x68.58cm (36x27in)
Material Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Shelley & Donald Rubin
Catalogue # acc.# P1994.23.4
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Chakrasamvara (Tibetan: khor lo dem chog. English: the Wheel of Supreme Bliss) surrounded by a host of retinue figures and lineage lamas seated above.

Tibetan: Khor lo dem chog

At the top center is the primordial Buddha Vajradhara with the mahasiddha Tilopa on the left and Naropa on the right. At the left side is Milarepa with the two students Rechungpa and Gampopa seated at the sides. At the top right side of the composition is Tsang Nyon Heruka with two students seated at the right and left sides.

At the lower left is the mountain goddess Tseringma riding a white snow lion. Below that is an unidentified donor figure wearing monastic robes. At the bottom right is Panjara Mahakala according to the tradition of Nagarjuna and Ngogton.

Jeff Watt 9-2000

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