Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Dorje Setrab

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 36360)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Warrior

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Dorje Setrab: is either an indigenous daemon, spirit, local god of Tibet, subjugated by Padmasambhava and appointed as a guardian of the Buddhist religion or he was brought to Tibet from India by Ngog Legpai Sherab.

Dorje Setrab is the special protector of Sangpu Monastery of the Kadampa Tradition founded by Dromton. Sangpu Neutog Monastery (gsang phu ne'u thog) was founded by Ngog Legpai Sherab in 1071/72.

At the top center is je Tsongkapa with an Indian teacher on the left side and the meditational deity Vajrabhairava on the right side.

Six additional retinue figures accompany Dorje Setrab.

Jeff Watt 10-2000 [updated 1-2014]

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Buddhist Worldly Protector: Dorje Setrab Main Page
Collection of Penn Museum - Main Page (Painting)