|Origin Location||Eastern Tibet|
|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Lineages||Nyingma and Karma (Kagyu)|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Shechen Archives - photographs|
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, blue in colour, with three faces and six hands, he embraces the consort with the first pair of hands while holding a golden vajra scepter and an upturned bell. The two remaining outstretched right hands hold a blue snake and a curved flaying knife. The two left hands hold a large pink lotus blossom and a white blood filled skullcup. The dark-red two-armed consort holds a skullcup and a trident. Standing on two prone forms, 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 a red vajra crown and the meditation hat of Gampopa.
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