|1900 - 1959
|Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
|Rubin Museum of Art
Tegchog Dorje, the 14th Karmapa, (1798-1868): teacher to the founders of the Rime Movement.
Gazing forward with the eyes slightly lowered, the hands firmly placed in the mudra of meditation in the lap he holds a golden long-life vase topped with a pink flower blossom. Above the head he wears the black vajra crown, spiritually present and physically replicated as a gift by the Chinese Emperor Yung Lo to the 5th Karmapa Deshin Shegpa. Wearing the orange and red patchwork robes of a fully ordained monk and covered with a meditation cloak he sits on a low cushioned seat atop a throne with an ornate backrest decorated with wishing jewels. The personal religious objects of a water flask, vajra, bell and damaru drum sit on a small table in front. A collection of variously coloured wishing jewels and precious objects are presented neatly in front as an auspicious offering.
Tegchog Dorje, a Khampa by birth, was involved in the Rime (eclectic) movement of the 19th century, begun in the Kham region of Tibet. He was a teacher to three of the central pillars of the movement, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1899), Jamyang Kyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) and Chogyur Lingpa (1829-1870).
Jeff Watt 2-99
Reverse of Painting
Special Features: (includes "Om Ah Hum" inscription)