|Date Range||1700 - 1799|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Shelley & Donald Rubin|
|Catalogue #||acc.# P1996.20.17|
Eunuch Lord (Tibetan: pal ye she gyi gon po ma ning nag po, English: the Glorious Lord of Pristine Awareness, Black Eunuch): the body emanation of Mahakala and lord of all enlightened and worldly protectors of the Nyingma School. At the upper left side are two Tibetan figures wearing monastic robes and lotus hats with long lappets draping down the shoulders. This style of hat typically belongs to the Payul School of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Rigdzin Kunzang Sherab. The lower figure with a beard and the emblems of a vajra scepter and bell may possibly be a depiction of Kunzang Sherab. (See another painting in the same tradition by the same artist HAR #777).
Tibetan: Ma ning
"...Glorious Lord of Pristine Awareness, Black Eunuch, with a body blue-black in colour, one face and two hands. Holding aloft in the right, pointed to the sky, a flaming lance, and in the left a poisoned heart and lasso. With three round red eyes, a curled tongue and hanging black snakes for hair. Having a crown of five dry skulls and a necklace of fifty fresh. Adorned with a garland of hearts and piles of snakes, dressed in silk cloaks, black and layered. Having a gold belt and a girdle of fresh human skin. From the three doors of a great stick of sandalwood, fastened at the waist, an army of snakes is dispersed. Decorated with varieties of colourful flowing streamers and all the frightful ornaments. Standing with the left leg extended atop a corpse seat..." (Terdag Lingpa Gyurme Dorje 1646-1714 and Minling Lochen Dharmashri 1654-1718. Tibetan source text 'dod 'jo bum bzang pp. 121-123).
Lineage: Kuntu Zangpo, Chemchog, Palgon, Orgyan Yab-yum, Terton Chowang, Manlungpa, Dagton, Nyenton, Sedingpa Khupon, Paljor Wangchug, Chokyi Wangpo, Karma Guru, Nyadag Trulku, Chowang Kunzang, Rigdzin Tinle Lhundrup, etc. Also see the variant lineages of Dorje Lingpa, Ratna Lingpa, Pema Lingpa and Jatson Nyingpo. (Tibetan source text page 20).
Jeff Watt 11-2000