Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Bon)

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། བོན་ལྷ། 世俗的神(苯教)
(item no. 65801)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1900 - 1959
Lineages Bon
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Tsengo Dragpa Gyaltsen: a Tibetan god belonging to the Tsen classification of deities according to the new tradition of Bon called the Bon Sarma.

Tsen deities are typically depicted as red in colour, wearing military attire, and riding atop a red horse. He holds upraised in the right hand a long trident lance and in the left a human heart held up to the mouth. Behind is a red fortress with four stories. Within the fortress compound encircled by a wall are the consort on the right and other retinue attendants along with various animals and a monk figure.

At the top center is Tagla Membar, red, with one face and two hands holding golden weapon wheels. At the right is Sipai Gyalmo with three faces and six hands riding atop a black mule. At the left is a human teacher with his hands folded at the heart in a teaching gesture.

At the bottom of the composition are two retinue figures with one riding a tiger and the other a black horse.

Jeff Watt 10-2007

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Bon Religion: Protector Deities Main Page
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 4
Bon Worldly Protector: Tsengo Dragpa Gyaltsen (Dragtsen)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Bon Artworks
Subject: 'Tsen' Protectors