Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Walchen Gekho (Bon Deity)

དབལ་ཆེན་གེ་ཁོད། བོན། ཡིད་དམ་དྲག་པོ། 瓦钦该阔(苯教五大本尊之一)
(item no. 41006)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Bon
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Walchen Gekho, Sangwa Dragchen (Tibetan-Wylie: dbal chen ge khod, gsang ba drag chen): a principal meditational deity within the highest classes of Bon esoteric teachings.

Fearsome in appearance with nine faces, eighteen hands and four legs, he is blue in colour, each face has three eyes and a gaping mouth with bared fangs. The faces extend upward with three white faces on the right, the middle blue with the uppermost that of a Garuda, and on the left three red. Above that, yellow hair swirls upward like flame. The eighteen hands hold weapons and objects of various kinds. A pair of Garuda wings is unfurled behind. The consort Logbar Tsame embraces her consort. Red in colour with three faces, yellow, white and red, she has six hands and two legs. Atop two lhu daemons, a sun and moon disc above a multi-coloured lotus blossom resting on a throne seat supported by various animals the horrific couple stands surrounded by the flames of wisdom fire.

At the top are numerous Bon deities and human teachers. Various wrathful retinue figures surround Welchen Gekho at the sides and below.

For a more complete explanation and identification of the retinue figures see The Bon Religion of Tibet by Per Kvaerne. Serindia Publications: London, 1995. Plate #30 pages 98-99.

Jeff Watt 1-2014

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