Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Kuntu Zangpo (Bon Deity)

ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་པོ། བོན་ལྷ། 普贤如来(本教本尊)
(item no. 200007)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Bon
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1998.13.15
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Kuntu Zangpo.

Peaceful in appearance, yellow in colour with one face and two hands, the right is extended across the knee holding a golden scepter. The left hand is placed in the lap supporting a golden wheel symbolic of the Universal Law. The hair is piled on the top of the head and adorned with a crown of gold and jewels. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets and anklets decorate while delicate orange, green and red scarves cover the body. With the legs folded together in meditation posture atop a moon disc and multi-coloured lotus blossom seat he is surrounded by a blue-red nimbus and orange aureola. A figure in similar appearance stands at the left side.

Clusters of figures each with a central peaceful deity and numerous retinue figures are arranged surrounding Kuntu Zangpo. Some are wrathful in appearance. All the figures have name inscriptions executed with fine gold lines.

Jeff Watt & Lee Hartline 1-2000

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