Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Miscellaneous - Offerings

པར་ཤིང་སྣང་བརྙན། སྣ་ཚོགས། 版画 (多种)
(item no. 65298)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Black Background on Silk
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

Wrathful Offerings (Tibetan: kang dze) to the Six-handed Great Black One (Tib.: gon po chag drug pa. Sanskrit: Shadbhuja Mahakala). Displaying all the wrathful hand objects, vestments, attire and offerings that are special to Mahakala.

Tibetan: Kang dze

At the top center is the fierce meditational deity Vajrabhairava. At the left is Shadbhuja Mahakala with one face and six hands. At the right is Chaturbhuja Mahakala with one face and four hands. In the middle below those is the circle representing the Indian Buddhist world system, Mount Sumeru and the four continents. Surrounding the world sphere are eight small circles containg the Eight Auspicious Symbols. At the sides and below are wrathful offerings of weapons, skullcups filled with offerings, animal skins and hides, along with various musical instruments. At the lower center is the Chinese god of war, Guan Yu surrounded on both sides by black horses, dogs and sheep.

These types of paintings would commonly hang in the smaller Protector temples of monasteries and represent an offering of all the symbols of a specific deity.

Jeff Watt 3-2004

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