Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Tsang Nyon Heruka

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 31441)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Sakya, Kagyu and Buddhist
Size 41cm (16.14in) high
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Mahasiddha

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P442

Interpretation / Description

Tsangnyon Heruka (gtsang smyon heruka), 1452-1507. Decorating the front of the crown is a Buddha figure. In the middle of the chest where the bone necklaces cross each other is a small figure in a medallion. This is likely to be Milarepa or Rechungpa.

This sculptural figure is not identified as a depiction of Virupa because of the lack of flower garlands, no folio text in the hair, a Buddha on the crown of the head, a teacher figure on the chest medallion, and the addition of a tiger skin lower garment and a tiger skin mat below.

Jeff Watt 9-2023

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