Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Kunzang Akor (Bon Deity) - (hands in meditation)

ཀུན་བཟང་ཨ་སྐོར། བོན་ལྷ། 昆桑阿阔(本教本尊)
(item no. 57039)
Origin Location Nepal
Date Range 1300 - 1399
Lineages Bon
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Kunzang Akor (Tibetan: kun bzang a bskor): the meditational form of Shenlha Okar.

Kunzang Akor is generally recognized by the Tibetan letter 'A' placed on the chest at the level of the heart. The two hands are most commonly placed in the lap and hold the stems of two flower blossoms supporting a yungdrung (svastika) on the right and a vase on the left. Some images of have the right hand raised and placed in front of the heart in a gesture of blessing.

It is often said, but rarely practiced, that Bon depictions of the meditation gesture place the left hand over the right while the Buddhists always have the right hand on top of the left. There are several examples of Kunzang Akor sculpture with the hands left over right, HAR 85589 and 30512. Other examples of this can also be found with deities such as Tonpa Shenrab.

There are numerous traditions of ritual cycles and meditation practices for Kunzang Akor. It is also common to have a sculpture of Kunzang Akor created as a death memorial. In Tibetan Buddhism it is more common to have a painting created in memorium however in the Bon Religion creating a sculpture is more common and considered superior.

Jeff Watt 5-2010 [text 6-2005]

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Subject: Masterworks of Himalayan & Tibetan Art

Thematic Sets
Sculpture: Monastic Period, Nepalese Schools (11th Century)
Bon Sculpture Masterworks
Nepal: Kasa Malla Kingdom (Sculpture)
Sculpture: Styles - Region & Artist
Collection of WGA
Subject: Layered Deities & Figures
Collection: Christies New York (Sculpture. March, 2016)
Bon: 'A' Letter
Bon Deity: Kunzang Akor Page