Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Shingkyong Rag-gyal

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 712)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma and Gelug
Size 68.58x46.99cm (27x18.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1998.13.3
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Semi-Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Shingkyong Rag Gyal: a wealth deity originating with Padmasambhava and the Nyingma Tradition and later adopted into the Gelugpa Tradition.

Regal in manner Shingkyong Rag Gyal holds upraised a vajra hook in the right hand and with the left clutches to the side of the body a golden wealth vase, spilling over with jewels. Lavishly attired, he rides atop a white snow lion bristling with a green shaggy mane in the center of a palace courtyard.

At the top center is Vajrapani, blue in colour, peaceful in appearance with one face and two hands. At the right sits Padmasambhava and at the left Lama Tsongkapa in the form of a mahasiddha riding atop a tiger while holding a sword and a skullcup.

An elaborate composition of hand prints, inscriptions, mantras and yantras cover the back of the painting. The two principal handprints belong to the most important religious teachers of the Chamdo area of Tibet in the mid 1800s, the 9th Pagpa Lha Ngagwang Lobzang Jigme (1849-1900) and the 5th Shiwa Lha Lobsang Dondrub Gyatso.

Ngagwang Lobsang Jigme Lobsang Dondrub Gyatso

Jeff Watt 7-2004

Front of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: gu ru. phag na rdo rje. rje 'jigs rung stag chibs. shing skyongs rag rgyal gnyen po nor gyi bdag.

Reverse of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: Names beneath each of the five handprints: 'phags pa lha ngag dbang blo bzang 'jigs med bstan pa'i rgayl mtshan gyi phag rjes. zhi sprul blo bzang don grub rgya mtsho'i phag rje. rje dbon blo bzang 'jam dpal bstan 'dzin rnam rgyal gyi phag rjes. ngag dbang dpal ldan rgya mtsho'i phag rjes. rje dbon.

Special Features: (Cursive script (Umay), Printed script (Uchen), Ranjana script (Ornamental Sanskrit), handprints, includes "Om Ah Hum" inscription)

Secondary Images
Related Items
Publication: Eternal Presence

Thematic Sets
Collection of RMA: Historically Important Works
Buddhist Protectors, Worldly Deities (Lokapala)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 7
Buddhist Protectors: Worldly (Nyingma)
Subject: Mountain Gods & Local Deities