Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 30643)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Sakya and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Gold Background on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P1056

Interpretation / Description

Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen Pal Zangpo (1182-1251): accompanied by important philosophical Buddhist teachers of India and students.

At the top center is Heruka Vajrakila with one face and two hands. At the bottom center is Guru Dragpo. On the left is the white female guardian Gauri and on the left Marajit.

An inscription in Tibetan language on the back reads 'right first' which means this composition is part of a larger set of paintings. The Sakya Pandita is hung as the first painting on the proper right of the central or main painting. Each subsequent painting alternates outward from the center painting.

No other compositions from this set are currently known.

Jeff Watt 7-2013

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: [Name inscriptions for each figure]

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Teacher: Sakya Pandita, Kunga Gyaltsen
Subject: Hats (Sakya)
Painting Type: Gold Fill Paintings