Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Kunzang Akor (Bon Deity)

ཀུན་བཟང་ཨ་སྐོར། བོན་ལྷ། 昆桑阿阔(本教本尊)
(item no. 30578)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1300 - 1399
Lineages Bon
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Kunzang Akor (Tibetan: kun bzang a bskor).

The deity Kunzang Akor is the meditational form of Shenlha Okar. He is generally recognized by the Tibetan letter 'A' placed on the chest at the level of the heart. The two hands are typically placed in the lap and hold the stems of two flower blossoms supporting a yungdrung (svastika) on the right and a vase on the left.

There are numerous traditions of ritual cycles and meditation practices for Kunzang Akor. It is also common to have a sculpture of Kunzang Akor created as a death memorial. In Tibetan Buddhism it is more common to have a painting created in memorium however in the Bon Religion creating a sculpture is more common and considered best.

Jeff Watt 5-2010 [text 6-2005]


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