|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc.# F1998.3.15|
Amnye Machen: a mountain god of the Amdo region of north eastern Tibet.
Tibetan: Ma chen pom ra
Handsome in appearance with one face and two hands he holds upraised in the right a long spear with a fluttering pendent. The left holds to the side a golden treasure vase. Attired in the garb of a warrior, a helmet crowns the head and armor protects the torso, arms and legs. Bright coloured garments loosely worn are caught by the wind and unfurl upward. A bow and full quiver of arrows hang at the waist. Riding on the back of a white snow lion with a green mane, atop a leopard skin mat, he sits surrounded by a circle of rainbow light - also enclosing the mountain named Machen Pomra above.
At the top center is the primordial deity Shenlha Okar, peaceful, white, with the hands in meditation posture. At the left is a figure wearing monastic robes and a hat. At the right is a white Kandroma (Sky Goer) holding a curved knife and skullcup, standing in a dancing posture. At the right and left corners sit deity figures.
Directly below are two main attendant figures similarly enclosed in spheres of rainbow light. Mounted on horses, attendants numbering twenty-eight stand at the sides and below, also a monk with a yellow hat riding a bird, four figures in red cloaks standing at the bottom and numerous wild animals.
Jeff Watt & Lee Hartline 1-2000