Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Karmapa 15, Kakyab Dorje

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 691)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Karma (Kagyu)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1998.2.14
Painting School Palpung / Situ
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

TBRC: P563

Interpretation / Description

Kakyab Dorje, the 15th Karmapa (1871-1922): with the Buddha Amitabha above and the wrathful bodhisattva Vajrapani below.

Kar ma pa Biographical Details

A vajra scepter and bell are held in the right and left hands along with the stems of lotus flowers supporting a sword and book on the right and a long-life vase on the left.

Jeff Watt 9-2000


Reverse of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: om ah hum sva ha [written vertically].

rtsa gsum sku gzugs bzhengs pa'i dge rtsa 'dis. dmigs lus grtsod byas mkha' khyab 'dro wa kun. bla med rtsogs pa'i sangs rgyas thob par shog. bkra shis.

Special Features: (Printed script (Uchen), is black, includes "Om Ah Hum" inscription)

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery VII
Tradition: Kagyu Teachers (Paintings)
Teacher: Karmapa Khakhyab Dorje, 15th (Lama)
Incarnation Lineage: Gyalwa Karmapa Main Page