|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc.# P1999.14.4|
Tagla Membar (English: Tiger-God, Flaming with Fire), the fierce form of a direct disciple of Tonpa Shenrab.
Wrathful, red in colour, with one face and two hands, he has three large round eyes, an open snarling mouth and yellow hair flaming upward. The right and left hands are both upraised and outstretched holding gold wheels. Adorned with a crown of five dry skulls, gold earrings, necklaces and freshly severed heads, across the shoulders he wears a green scarf and wrathful skins of animals and a human. Around the waist is a tiger skin skirt and snakes adorn the body. With the right leg bent and left straight in an aggressive posture atop two prone figures, a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus seat he stands encircled by the swirling orange flames of pristine awareness. Numerous wrathful retinue deities surround the central figure.
In front, directly below, a table supports various ritual objects. Two chortens stand to the sides both crowned with the horns of a Khyung ([King] of Birds). Below that is a lama wearing the red robes of a monk.
At the top center is a wrathful tutelary deity dressed as a warrior. Below that are the Five Celestial Enlightened Ones. Peaceful in appearance, white, yellow, green, blue and orange, adorned with silks and jewels, they each perform unique hand gestures (Tibetan: cha gya).
Jeff Watt & Lee Hartline 1-2000