Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Dalai Lama VI, Tsangyang Gyatso

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 65384)
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Red Background on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

TBRC: bdr:P352

Interpretation / Description

Dalai Lama VI, Tsangyang Gyatso (1683-1706/1746)

Born in 1683, The Sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso was perhaps the most popular Dalai Lama. The discovery of Tsangyang Gyatso was kept a secret by the regent Desi Sangye Gyatso until the construction of the Potala Palace was complete. Tsangyang Gyatso was in no way a model of his predecessor The Great Fifth; he enjoyed the life of a layman and is best known for his songs and poems, which remain popular to this day.

Painted in the tsal tang style, red background with gold outline, this composition includes the hand and footprints of the Sixth Dalai Lama.

Tenzin Dharlo 3-2005

Front of Painting
Special Features: (handprints, footprints)

Secondary Images
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Thematic Sets
Painting Type: Red Background
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (RMA): Main Page
Incarnation Lineage: Dalai Lama Main Page
Teacher: Dalai Lama VI, Tsangyang Gyatso
Subject: Footprints & Handprints Main Page
Collection of RMA: Best of Collection 3
Subject: Footprints & Handprints (Gelug)
Subject: Footprints & Handprints (Both)
Subject: Footprints & Handprints Religious Context