Himalayan Art Resources

Item: King - of Shambhala

རྒྱལ་པོ། 国王
(item no. 30628)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description


Vidyadhara Manjukirti Iconography: [1] Vidyadhara Manjukirti/Yashas wears the garb of a king and is seated in front of a palace. At the top right is [2] Dharmaraja Sureshana. At the top left is [3] Heruka Kalachakra in the simplified appearance with one face and two hands. At the bottom left is a [4] worldly protector, red in colour, riding a horse.

The unique characteristics of this composition are the dramatic white mountains in the upper left and along the bottom of the painting which represent the mountains surrounding the kingdom of Shambhala, also, the full form of the meditational Kalachakra, the Three Lords of the World just above the head of Yashas, along with the flaming sword standing upright to the side of King Yashas are all .

Jeff Watt 7-2013

Secondary Images
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Thematic Sets
Collection X, Painting (September, 2013; NY)
Kings: Shambhala Kings (Masterworks, 香巴拉王)
Incarnation Lineage: Panchen Lama (Nartang Extended)