|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc.# P1996.20.34|
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