Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shenlha Okar (Bon Deity)

གཤེན་ལྷ་ འོད་དཀར། བདེར་གཤེགས་གཙོ་བོ་བཞིའི་ནང་ཚན། 辛拉沃噶(苯教四大如来之一)
(item no. 200004)
Origin Location Nepal
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Bon
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1996.20.34
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Shenlha Okar (English: the White Light God of Shen (Priests): surrounded by 250 Enlightened Ones (Tibetan: sang gye) and belonging to the set of Four Transcendent Lords.

Peaceful in appearance, dark in colour (usually white), he rests with both hands placed in the gesture of meditation in the lap. Adorned with a crown of gold, jewels and red ribbons, he wears earrings, necklaces bracelets and anklets about the body. A green scarf covers the shoulders and a red scarf across the chest. The lower body is wrapped with a red skirt. Atop a green and red lotus and elephant supported throne he is surrounded by a blue nimbus and pink areola of light. Upright, on a long gold shaft, a black hook is planted on the right side. Attendant figures, green and brown, stand at the sides. An elaborate backrest of flowers, white snow lions, dragons, makaras and a garuda completely encircle the central deity.

Two hundred and fifty identical figures are arranged in rows, in various colours, each with the hook standing on the right side. At the bottom center is a wrathful deity, blue, with nine heads and eighteen hands, encircled by orange flame. Along the bottom row are sixteen attendant figures, in various colours, each holding their own objects. At the right side are three lay figures, the first two dressed in white and the last in orange. With the hands folded in front they kneel atop lotus blossom seats.

Jeff Watt & Lee Hartline 1-2000

Secondary Images
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Thematic Sets
Bon Deity: Four Transcendent Lords Main Page
Bon: Artworks (All)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 9
Bon Religion Main Page
Exhibition: Bon, The Magic Word (RMA 2007)
Bon Deity: Shenlha Okar
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Bon Artworks
Bon Deity: Four Transcendent Lords (Set 7)
Painting Style: Bon Art in West Tibet