Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Deity

ལྷ།
(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

Five Gods of the Bon Religion. The five are believed to be 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).

Secondary Images
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Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Bon, The Magic Word (RMA 2007)

Publications
Publication: Selection of Works - Painting (RMA)

Thematic Sets
Bon Paintings: Masterworks
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Bon Artworks
Collection of RMA: Best of Collection 1
Bon Artworks (All)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery IX
Bon: Kyil Khor (mandala)