Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Tsongkapa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 69407)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug
Size 75.57x50.80cm (29.75x20in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Catalogue # B62D37
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P64

Interpretation / Description

Tsongkapa Lobzang Dragpa (1357-1419): founder of the Gelugpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tsongkapa Biographical Details

Tsongkapa in this composition is from a set of five paintings (je zigpa ngaden). Here he appears as a mahasiddha, Indian adept, riding atop a tiger, brandishing a sword in the upraised right hand while holding a skullcup in the left. This subject is based on a vision of five forms of Tsongkapa as experienced by Kedrup Geleg Pal Zangpo, a student of Tsongkapa. Kedrub is depicted in the bottom right corner holding a mandala offering symbolizing the entire universe with Mount Sumeru at the center in the two upraised hands.

Jeff Watt 3-2004 [Updated 5-2009]

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Thematic Sets
Teacher: Tsongkapa, Five Forms (Set 1)
Teacher: Tsongkapa Religious Context
Teacher: Tsongkapa as Mahasiddha
Teacher: Tsongkapa, Five Forms
Teacher: Tsongkapa (Painting Masterworks)
Subject: Tiger Imagery
Tradition: Gelug Masterworks
Collection of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Teacher: Tsongkhapa Main Page