Himalayan Art Resources

Item: King - of Shambhala

རྒྱལ་པོ། 国王
(item no. 77251)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: Wisdom Publications, Calender
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Shambhala King: peaceful in appearance, blue in colour, he holds a curved knife in the right hand and a skullcup in the left held up to the heart. He is finely attired in regal garments and sits in a relaxed half vajra posture in a four wheeled chariot, with a canopy roof, drawn by seven lions in alternating blue and white colours. A consort sits to his right side, blue in colour, holding an axe in the right hand and performing a wrathful gesture with the left.

It is possible that the subject of this composition is the same as one of the two missing paintings from the Palpung Composition Set 3: the left 3rd and the left 15th paintings.

Jeff Watt 6-2009

Wisdom Calendar 2006 - November (full catalog list)

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