Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava - 8 Forms: Senge Dradog

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 700030)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Size 21.59cm (8.50in) high
Material Metal, Stone Inset: Coral, Turquoise
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1997.54.5
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Padmasambhava, Lion's Roar (T. pema jungne sengge dradog): idealized wrathful form of the Indian Tantric Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava, representing the power of all Buddhas. This sculpture would have been part of a set of nine sculpture depicting the principal manifestations of Padmasambhava. (See a sculpture set of the Eight Manifestations).

Typically blue in colour, with one face and two hands, he holds aloft in the right a golden vajra scepter. The left hand extended to the side displays a wrathful gesture. Yellow hair flows upward from the top of the head. Adorned with gold and jewel ornaments, a crown, bracelets and the like, the upper body is covered with the skin of a snow lion, white, with a green mane. The lower body is wrapped with a tiger skin: treading upon two prone forms.

Sengge Dradog is commonly confused with several other wrathful deities such as Vajrapani, Vighnantaka, and others.

Jeff Watt 9-2000 [updated 7-2015]

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