|Date Range||1600 - 1699|
|Lineages||Shangpa Kagyu, Gelug and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Museum der Kulturen, Basel|
Kshetrapala with Consort: a retinue figure belonging to the practices of Shadbhuja Mahakala originating with the Shangpa Kagyu Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Kshetrapala can typically be recognized by the brown or black bear that he rides as a mount. For very fearsome rites and rituals when Kshetrapala is practiced independently from the Shadbhuja Mahakala practices he is often paired with a wrathful consort. In this painting the consort can be seen at the bottom right corner of the composition.
Jeff Watt 12-2010