Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Sonam Choglang

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 30633)
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: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P4211

Interpretation / Description

Sonam Choglang (1438-1505).

Sonam Choglang (1438-1505) Iconography: [1] Choglang wears monastic attire and a pandita hat. At the upper right is [2] Sonam Rinchen. At the top left is [3] Heruka Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja. At the bottom right is [4] Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo.

The Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja in full form at the top left is unusual, along with the large white snow capped mountain dominating the composition at the top center with all of the lower landscape, hills, rocks, streams and waterfalls hanging and descending from that single monolithic form, the peaks hidden by billowing white clouds, shrouding in secrecy.

Jeff Watt 7-2013

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Teacher: Sonam Choglang
Incarnation Lineage: Panchen Lama (Nartang Extended)