Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Nagaraksha (Buddhist Deity)

ཀླུའི་བདག་པོ། ནང་ལྷ། 龙王(佛教本尊)
(item no. 277)
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Drigung (Kagyu)
Size 63.50x45.72cm (25x18in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1996.16.4
Painting School Provincial
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Nagaraksha (Tibetan: lui drag po): a fierce form of the bodhisattva Manjushri from the Drigung lineage of the Kagyu Tradition.

With nine heads and a multitude of hands, the lower body is that of a coiled snake tail, green in colour, with snakes arising from the crown of the head and the entire form surrounded by flames of wisdom.

Jeff Watt 11-2000

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