|Origin Location||Eastern Tibet|
|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Lineages||Nyingma, Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Shechen Archives - photographs|
Guru Dragpo, Heruka (Tibetan: drag tung. English: Blood-drinker): from the Lama Gongdu Cycle of Revealed Treasure (Tibetan: ter ma) teachings of the Nyingma tradition.
Fearsome and wrathful in appearance, red in colour, with three faces and six hands he embraces the consort with the first pair while holding a blue vajra scepter and a white blood filled skullcup. The two remaining outstretched right hands hold a hammer and a mass of flames. The two left hands hold a black scorpion and a corpse stick. The dark-red, two-armed, consort holds a skullcup and a hammer. Standing on two prone forms, a scorpion, a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus seat, they are surrounded by the brightly burning orange flames of pristine awareness fire.
Eight main retinue couples surround the central pair. Minor figures stand in various dancing postures in the foreground. Seated at the top left and right are two lineage lamas wearing orange and blue hats.
Sanggye Lingpa (1340-1396) discovered the 'Middling Collection of Precepts, the Gathering of the Guru's Intention' (Tibetan: ka du bar wa la ma gong pa du pa) in the great cave of Puri Rinchen Barwa in the year 1364.
Jeff Watt 11-2000