Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Akashagarbha - (Bodhisattva)

ནམ་མཁའི་སྙིང་པོ། 虚空藏菩萨
(item no. 65280)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Akashagarbha, Bodhisattva (Tibetan: nam kai nying po. English: Nucleus of Space): belonging to the group of Eight Great Bodhisattvas.

The identification is based on the blue body colour and the attendant standing to the left side and respectfully holding the blade of a sword. The blue characteristic and the sword attribute are typical for the bodhisattva Akashagarbha. (See an image of Akashagarbha at the top center of HAR #81422 and HAR #916).

An inscription found on a virtually identical composition from the Hahn Collection names the central subject as the bodhisattva Nivaranavishkambhin (Tibetan Wylie: sgrib pa rnam sel). See Art of Thangka, From the Kwang-Ho Collection. Volume 2. Plate 71, Sarvanivaranaviskambhin.

Jeff Watt 3-2004

Secondary Images
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Thematic Sets
Iconography: Traditional Hierarchy (Buddhist)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (RMA): Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Akashagarbha Main Page
Subject: Bodhisattva Non-iconic Forms
Iconography: Peaceful Appearance
Painting Set: Eight Great Bodhisattvas (Kham Group 1)
Painting Set: Eight Bodhisattvas (Kham 2)
Subject: Astrological Iconography