Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Deity

(item no. 200014)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Bon
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1994.13.5
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Durse Lhasung (dur gsas lha srung). The Protector Deities of the 'Dur' Rite.

Five Gods of the Bon Religion. The five are related to funerary rituals.

Seated within a rainbow sphere the Five Gods each with one face and two hands, blue, yellow, green, red and white in colour, hold their own objects and sit on thrones supported by snow lions, dragons, elephants, horses, and Horned Eagles. Thirty-three Gods, belonging to three divisions of worldly deities, peaceful and wrathful, sit, stand and ride various animal mounts at the right and left sides.

Jeff Watt & Lee Hartline 1-2000

(See the publication Bonpo Painting of Protector Deities by Samten G. Karmay. Paperback. ISBN: 9789937623445. Publication Date: February 2015).

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