Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 695)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Sakya
Size 79.38x56.52cm (31.25x22.25in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1998.14.1
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P1056

Interpretation / Description

Sakya Pandita, Kunga Gyaltsen Pal Zangpo (1182-1251), wearing a tall red hat, the sixth throne holder of Sakya, great grandson of Khon Konchog Gyalpo. Sakya Pandita is accompanied by his nephew Chogyal Pagpa. (See a portion of the painting set).

Sa kya pan di ta kun ga gyal tsen Biographical Details

"With wide eyes perceiving all things, and compassionately achieving the good of all beings, having power performing acts beyond thought; Guru Manjunata, to your feet I bow my head." (Sakya liturgical verse to Sapan).

According to Sakya tradition, Sakya Pandita reached complete enlightenment in the realm of buddha Akshobhya and now resides as the buddha Vimalashri in the eastern direction.

Jeff Watt

Secondary Images
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Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Wutaishan, Pilgrimage to Five Peak Mountain

Thematic Sets
Iconography: Monastic Appearance
Collection of RMA: Best of Collection 2
Painting Set: Mahakala & Margapala [29]
Tradition: Sakya Main Page
Subject: Margapala Lineage Masterworks
Teacher: Chogyal Pagpa Main Page
Teacher: Sakya (Masterworks)
Teacher: Sakya Pandita (Masterworks)
Subject: Margapala Lineage Paintings (Figure & Composition Types)
Tradition: Sakya Teachers
Teacher: Two Main Figures (Composition)
Tradition: Sakya Founders
Teacher: Sakya Pandita, Kunga Gyaltsen
Subject: Margapala Sets (Two Figures)
Subject: Two Red Ones
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 5