Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Cha Kyung

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 141)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Nyingma
Size 30.48x19.05cm (12x7.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1995.11.6
Painting School Palpung / Situ
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, 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 Padmasambhava with a rain of jewels falling from the vase in the lap. Attendant warrior figures ride below with heaps of treasure piled between the two.

Jeff Watt 3-2000 (revised 3-2003)

Secondary Images
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Publication: Selection of Works - Painting (RMA)

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Buddhist Protectors, Worldly Deities (Lokapala)
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Buddhist Protectors: Worldly (Nyingma)
Subject: Mountain Gods & Local Deities
Exhibition: Bon, The Magic Word (RMA 2007)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 5
Buddhist Protector: Mountain Gods (Palpung Painting Style)