Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava - 8 Forms: Senge Dradog

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 58)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Drukpa (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Size 67.31x46.99cm (26.50x18.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1997.3.1
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Padmasambhava, Lion's Roar (T. pema jungne sengge dradog): idealized wrathful form of the Indian Tantric Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava, representing the power of all Buddhas.

Blue in colour, with one face and two hands he holds aloft in the right a golden vajra scepter. The left hand extended to the side displays a wrathful gesture. Yellow hair flows upward from the top of the head. Adorned with gold and jewel ornaments, a crown, bracelets and the like, the upper body is covered with the skin of a snow lion, white, with a green mane. The lower body is wrapped with a tiger skin. Treading upon two prone forms, a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus blossom, he stands surrounded by the orange-red flames of pristine awareness. Various deities, mahasiddhas and lamas fill the back and foregrounds.

Jeff Watt 9-2000

Secondary Images
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Thematic Sets
Tradition: Kagyu Deity Paintings
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 2
Padmasambhava: Sengge Dradog Page
Tradition: Drugpa Kagyu Main Page
Painting Tradition: Lhatog, Khampa Gar
Padmasambhava: Eight Forms Main Page