Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Ekajati (Buddhist Deity)

རལ་གཅིག་མ། ནང་ལྷ། 一发佛母(佛教本尊)
(item no. 59704)
Origin Location Bhutan
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Ekajati, Chaturbhuja (Tib.: ral chig ma chag shi pa. English: One Braid with Four Hands).

"Ekajati, [with] a body black in colour, one face and four hands. The first two [hands] hold a curved knife and skullcup. The lower right a sword. The lower left an utpala. [With] three eyes and bared fangs. Brown hair bristling upwards. Swelling breasts and the belly hanging down. Having a lower garment of tiger skin. Adorned with a skull and flower garland and ornaments of blue snakes and small bells, etc. Seated in a manner with the left [leg] extended." (One Hundred Methods of Accomplishment, Konchog Lhundrub, 1497-1557).

"Goddess Ekajati, with a body black in colour, one face and four hands; having three round white-red eyes, bared fangs and curled tongue, brown hair flowing upward. The first two hands hold an upraised curved knife and skullcup to the heart. The lower right holds a knife and the lower left a lily. Having the body of a twelve year old with Very large raised breasts; jewel ornaments, necklace, crown, bells, etc. Adorned with a flower garland and a distended belly, garland of skulls as a crown. The body is adorned with snakes, the belly distended and wearing a lower garment of tiger skin, seated with the left leg slightly extended." (Ocean of Methods of Accomplishment, Thartse Panchen Namka Chime, 1756-1820).

Jeff Watt, 6-2006

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