Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Palden Chogyang

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 13413)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Sakya, Ngor (Sakya) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P802

Interpretation / Description

Palden Chogyang (1702-1760 [P 802]), the 34th abbot of Ngor Ewam Monastery - seated on the right side. The teacher seated on the left is still unidentified.

Palden Chogyang wears monastic attire with a pandita folded across the top of the head. In the two hands he holds the stems of two lotus flowers supporting a sword and book.

The unidentified figure on the left side wears a pandita hat with the lappets folded across the crown of the hat. He holds the stems of two lotus flowers supporting a vajra scepter and bell.

At the top center is blue Vajradhara, white Vairochana Buddha and Shakyamuni Buddha. Directly below are the Five Superior Lords of Sakya: Sachen, Lobpon, Jetsun, Sapan and Pagpa.

On the left side are a cluster of three deities: white Sita Manjushri, Vina Sarasvati and Ushnishavijaya. On the right side are Green Vajravidarana and Whita Tara.

In the upper two corners are four teachers. On the left they are both monastic in appearance. On the right there is a layman above and a monastic below.

Below the table on the left side is a seated Yellow Vasudhara, goddess of abundance. Below the table on the right side are a group of figures representing the Seven Jewels of Royalty.

At the bottom center are three protector deities and two wealth deities. At the center is Panjara Mahakala. On the left side is Brahmanarupa Mahakala. On the right side is Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo. At the far left is the fierce wealth deity Black Jambhala and at the far right is the peaceful wealth deity Yellow Jambhala.

Jeff Watt 1-2017

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Subject: Hats (Flat Folded Pandita Hat)
Subject: Hats (Upward Turned Lappets)
Tradition: Sakya Protectors (Composition Examples)
Tradition: Sakya Teachers
Collection: Asia Week New York, March 2017 - Highlights
Collection: Sotheby's New York (Painting. March, 2017)