Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Dalai Lama V, Ngagwang Lobzang Gyatso

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 506)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Gelug
Size 66.04x41.91cm (26x16.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line, Red Background on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1996.29.3
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P37

Interpretation / Description

Ngagwang Lobzang Gyatso, the 5th Dalai Lama (1617-1682) surrounded by previous incarnations.

Dalai Lama Biographical Details

He holds to the heart the stem of a lotus blossoming over the right shoulder. The left hand cradles a long-life vase in the lap. This long-life vase is an indication that the painting is a portrait commissioned during the life of the 5th Dalai Lama. (See a sculpture of the same subject). Wearing a pandita hat and a meditation cloak he sits atop a cushioned throne with a table of ritual objects in front. Two monastic attendant figures stand alongside the throne. (A name inscription runs along the front of the table).

Directly above is the bodhisattva of compassion, (A) Avalokiteshvara Padmapani (Holder of the Lotus). At the left is the (B) Tibetan King Chogyal Songtsen Gampo. At the right is the illustrious student of Jowo Atisha, (B) Dromtonpa. At the middle left is the 1st Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub. At the right is the 2nd, Gendun Gyatso.

At the bottom left is the 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso and the 4th, Yontan Gyatso, at the far right. In the middle is the wealth Deity (D) Jambhala, yellow in colour, holding a bijapuraka fruit in the right hand and a mongoose in the left. (Name inscriptions are written in gold lettering beneath each figure).

Jeff Watt 5-2000 (updated 11-2006)

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: To the omniscient Lobsang Gyatso, Lord of Speech, [all] buddhas of the past, present and future. Mangalam.

Secondary Images
Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Faith & Empire - Art & Politics in Tibetan Buddhism

Publication: Selection of Works - Painting (RMA)

Thematic Sets
Teacher: Dalai Lama (Masterworks)
Subject: Greyscale - Figurative & General Composition
Tradition: Gelug Tradition Main Page
Painting Style: Examples
Teacher: Dalai Lama V, Lobzang Gyatso Page
Collection of RMA: Persons Masterworks
Collection of RMA: Red & Gold Ground Masterworks
Incarnation Lineage: Dalai Lama Religious Context
Painting Type: Red Ground Masterworks
Tradition: Gelug Teachers (Paintings)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 3
Painting Type: Gold Ground
Painting Type: Red Background
Subject: Incarnation (Tulku) Lineage Paintings
Incarnation Lineage: Dalai Lama Main Page