|Lineages||Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
Tongwa Tonden, 6th Karmapa (mthong ba don ldan, 1416-1453), the 18th composition from a large set of Karma Kagyu Lineage Teacher paintings known as the Kagyu Sertreng. (See a short biography of Tongwa Donden and see a list of the Karma Kagyu Lineage Sets).
At the upper right corner is Vina Sarasvati, goddess of literature, poetry and wisdom. "...the goddess Sarasvati, with a body white in colour, one face, two hands. Seated in a relaxed manner, with a face like the rising moon, eyebrows like drawn lines, two beautiful eyes like utpalas, casting side long glances like shooting stars, a clear complexion, pink cheeks and attractive. The throat is graceful and gently bending; white breasts, round, firm, upright and full. The left hand holds a jewel-studded vina of the gandharavas, the right a pick strumming the vina enthusiastically with the fingertips. With a very slender waist and flexible hips, a body well proportioned, fair, smooth, young, ample flesh and well rounded. Seated with the two legs, white, smooth, relaxed and desirable, in a slightly crouching manner; attractive braids, long and full, half-loose covering the upper back, half tied up in a topknot blazing with a wishing jewel. At the hairline - wearing a beautiful gold chain strung with flowers, blue, red and the like, wearing earrings of gold flowers and utpalas. Next to the ears are flowing silk ribbons; also adorned with many ornaments, jewel earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, belt, long-necklace and the like. Wearing an attractive upper garment of white cotton and a lower garment like a rainbow; fantastically beloved, radiantly desirous - sixteen years of age." (Jamyang Kyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892).
Jeff Watt 7-2015
- The Golden Garland of Kagyu Biographies, Vol.2. Vajra Vidya Institute Library: 2005.
- Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style. David P. Jackson. Rubin Museum of Art: 2009.