|Date Range||1700 - 1799|
|Lineages||Gelug and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
Palden Yeshe (1738-1780), 3rd Panchen Lama of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.
Palden Yeshe wears the yellow pandita hat typical of the Gelug tradition and the robes of a fully ordained monk. At the heart of Palden Yeshe is an image of Shakyamuni Buddha. At the heart of Shakyamuni is a small figure of Vajradhara Buddha, blue in colour, with the hands crossed at the heart in an embracing gesture. The right hand is raised in a gesture of blessing while holding the stem of an utpala flower supporting an upright sword of wisdom. The left hand, placed palm up in the lap, supports a long-life vase adorned with the Sanskrit letter 'HRIH' written in Tibetan script. The left also holds the stem of a lotus flower blossoming above the left shoulder supporting a book - representing the Prajnaparamita Sutra. He sits atop a flat disc of the full moon above a multi-coloured lotus seat and ornate square golden throne supported by lions. In front is a small table with an arrangement of various objects - religious and secular. Standing upright to the left side is a kakkara monk's staff. On the right side is a golden stupa atop a small round table.
The entire figure of Palden Yeshe is surrounded by an elaborate torana 'throne-back' decorated with dragons and a kirtimukha at the top.
At the top left corner is Je Tsongkapa Lobzang Dragpa (1357-1419), founder of the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. At the top right is Kalzang Gyatso (1708--1757), the 7th Dalai Lama holding a wheel in the left hand and a white lotus with the right supporting a sword and book.
Along the bottom, starting at the left of the composition, are Vaishravana Riding a Lion, yellow in colour, wearing armor and heavily layered clothing. In the middle is Shri Lakshmi (Pal Lhamo), white in colour, holding an arrow in the upraised right hand and a bowl of jewels in the lap with the left hand. At the right is Genyen Chingkarwa, white is colour, holding a crystal spear in the right hand and a bowl of jewels with the left. He rides atop a white horse surrounded by white billowing clouds.
Jeff Watt 17-2012
1. Palden Yeshe, 3rd Panchen Lama
2. Je Tsongkapa
3. Kalzang Gyatso, 7th Dalai Lama
4. Amitayus Buddha
5. White Tara
6. Vaishravana Riding a Lion
7. Genyen Chingkarwa
8. Shri Lakshmi