Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajradhara Buddha

རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང། སངས་རྒྱས། 金刚持
(item no. 383)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Kadam, Shiche/Chöd and Karma (Kagyu)
Size 63.50x48.26cm (25x19in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1996.20.28
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Padma Dorje Chang surrounded by masters from possibly the Kadam lineage * ??. The fourth of a set of (at least) five tangkas representing five aspects of Vajradhara (rdo rje 'chang). In each tangka, the main figure is surrounded by the masters of one of the main spiritual lineages that appeared in Tibet.

c. Descriptive or biographical notes

II. Surrounding figures: It is so far not clear to which lineage the masters surrounding the main figure belong to -- Kadam?, Sakya? Geluk?

M. Ricard 12-97

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: "I pay homage to Padma Vajradhara. I pay homage to Gyaltsen Ch

Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: padma rdo rje 'chang la na mo/ rgyal mtshan chos 'phel la na mo/

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